Over 40 million adults or 18% of the American population is affected with anxiety disorders, which the most frequent mental illnesses in the USA according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. But fortunately, they can be cured and many people who suffer from anxiety disorders take prescribed medications. I am sure that they would replace the pills with a natural remedy. Luckily, there is one that can help in this problem.
What is an Anxiety?
Everyone feels anxious at some period in their life. But in case of anxiety disorder, this feeling is so immense that it can interrupt and change the course of their life. Anxiety disorder can be categorized in several types:
1.Social Anxiety Disorder
It is also known as social phobia, and people are feeling self-consciousness about daily social situations and extreme worries.
2.Generalized Anxiety Disorder
People who suffer from this condition feel overwhelming, constant and unrealistic pressure,, even without a reasonable cause.
These are sudden and repeated feelings of terror and they appear without any cause.
This type involves extreme fear of some object, place or situation like fear of closed space or fear of heights.
The reasons for all of these types of anxiety disorder still not know specifically, but scientists think that various factors can contribute to their appearance like environmental stress and changes in the brain. In some researches, it was discovered constant and sever stress can interrupt the process of transmitting information by the nerve cells from one part of the brain to another. Also scientists that some brain structures have suffered some changes, which are responsible for the memories and related with trauma, and strong emotions, and this is one of the reasons for anxiety disorders.
The Anti-Anxiety Vitamin
- There are numerous ways to treat anxiety disorders like dietary and lifestyle changes, relaxation therapy and counseling, and despite all of these treatments, some people choose to take medications. Scientists also discovered that people who suffer from anxiety disorder have a lack in a specific and very important vitamin.
- It is one of the water-soluble B-complex vitamins – the Vitamin B3 or niacin. It has an important function – synthesis of steroidal hormones and to boost metabolism, and it is very important for repairing the DNA. Niacin is in charge of the process called vasodilation, which is a process in which the muscle tissue which composes the arteries is relaxed and it also increasing the diameter of arteries. This process improves the cardiovascular health by lowering the blood pressure, raising the HDL levels and increases the blood flow. People who suffer from anxiety produce too much adrenaline and niacin is an antidote to adrenaline.
- Niacin can also regulate sleeping pattern and in this way it can reduce depression and anxiety. Biochemical, Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition also believes that niacin can promote feeling of relaxation by regulating hormones, eliminating excess adrenaline, reducing blood pressure and increasing blood flow, and with these benefits it can also reduce stress in people with anxiety disorders.
- The daily dosage of niacin depends on the gender and age, so it is recommended to seek a medical advice before taking this supplement.