The results of the recent Japanese study showed that anxiety and panic attacks may be associated with lack of iron and vitamin B6. The study found that panic attacks manifested by hyperventilation may be a consequence of a specific dietary deficiency.
This topic of nutritional deficiencies as roots of panic and anxiety was investigated by many other studies, but this Japanese study was far more precise.
WHAT THE RESEARCHERS DID?
Researchers have merely asserted that vitamins B and iron are vital for maintaining a calm state of mind. They found that Vitamins B2 and B12 have no link with anxiety and panic, but the absence of vitamin B6 and iron was associated with anxiety-related problems.
Additionally, according to the researchers, the vitamin B deficiencies can also lead to emotional instability, agoraphobia, anxiety, irritability, as well as tiredness.
HOW IS ANXIETY LINKED WITH VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES?
The serotonin, which is a chemical of happiness in our brain is synthesized in the body from its building block tryptophan, combined with the vitamin B6 and iron.
Another way to obtain tryptophan is through food, by following the anti-anxiety diet. This diet may be comprised of foods rich in iron, tryptophan and vitamin B6.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
You can find iron, vitamin B6, and tryptophan in the stores for supplements, but we suggest you first to try and obtain them from food. If this way does not increase their levels, the advice of your physician or a dietitian will be of great help to determine the need for taking supplements.
Source: LIVING THE ORGANIC DREAM