Natural Supplements and Treatments for Anxiety: What the Research Says About Supplements for Anxiety

When people are looking to treat their anxiety without medication, what they usually mean is that they want to know what herbs and supplements will work for them. And because I get asked about this a lot, I did a ton of research last year on natural supplements to treat anxiety. So in this video I go over 15 of the research-backed natural treatments for anxiety that have been shown to have an impact, but I am also going to talk about a much more holistic approach to mental health. At the end of this video I’ll list seven other effective treatments for anxiety, but this video is mostly about supplements. So let’s talk about a couple of ways to combat anxiety other than medication

There’s this incredibly widespread misconception out there that if you get diagnosed with depression or anxiety, that means that you were born with anxiety or depression; that it’s so genetic that there’s nothing you can do about it. Now, of course, there’s a biological factor, but there are about 20 other factors too. It’s not your fault, but it is treatable. Don’t get sucked into the unhelpful pattern of believing you just have to suffer through life. I go into a lot more detail on this in my online course “Change your Brain: 10 Alternatives to Medication to Change Brain Chemistry.” This course teaches ways to change your thinking and actions that actually change your brain chemistry.

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  1. Very informative video about treating anxiety with eating healthy, but one thing I would like to add is that adding herbal medicine along with healthy eating will give you fast results. I took herbal medicine for anxiety from Planet Ayurveda that has helped me a lot.

  2. High fructose corn syrup blocks vitamin D absoption.

    There is no "sick season" there Vitamin D deficiency season from lack of sunlight.

    Lets start with observing this.

  3. Mental exercise: The instant cure for anxiety is to understand the fact that there are infinite amount of possible outcomes in this universe and our brain only thinks of a handful . A bad outcome can become the means of a good outcome in the future. Just like that a good outcome can become the means of a bad outcome. For example, you lost your job (bad thing). But then you got a new job which is better ( bad thing led to a good outcome.) It's an endless cycle. So just go with the flow and don't think about it . 😄 Goodluck.


  5. Kind of a shame to dismiss CBD in this video merely due to limited research. I heard about a CBD study that found a CBD+THC 1:1 ratio was more effective than CBD alone, yet curiously placebo was found more effective than CBD alone. It was just one study, but to hedge your bets I'd go ahead and include some THC if you supplement with CBD.

  6. I am a covid long hauler with POTS (or my cardiologist thinks so) and I have Bad anxiety and insomnia and Valerian root is the only thing that really helps me sleep. I am afraid of supplements because I think I might get too much. I drink it I tea form. Traditional Medicinals' Nighty Night Extra is the one I use.

  7. WOW….a bounty of wise and helpful advise IN A NUTSHELL
    At 61, you have changed my world! Sincere gratitude, J.

  8. I used to use LTyrosine its and amino acid but did help me a huge amount to reduce aniexty and depression.

  9. Thank you for this much needed video! Where on your website can I find your footnotes and the tables and charts you show at 25:22. I’ve poked around on my own and couldn’t find anything.
    Thank you!

  10. Some people on the internet say L-lysine causes weight gain and the others says it helps with weight loss.

  11. Better try these supplements first because it's so so hard to wean off of antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, etc. that psychiatrists will prescribe you.

  12. Can I give these supplements to my 12-year-old who has selective mutism? Oh well, I'll just try everything before I give up and let the psychiatrist give her antidepressants.


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