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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What is the best natural supplement or vitamin to reduce anxiety and depression?

What is the best natural supplement or vitamin to reduce anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and suppleme: There isn't a body of research showing that any supplement will definitely reduce mood disorder. If you are trying something I always recommend buying smallest bottle so you don't waste your money, and keep a mood diary. FDA doesn't regulate supplements so science is not as good, but even prescribed mood meds work different on different people. St John's Wort might help but may take months. ...Read more

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What are the best vitamins, supplements and teas for anxiety and stress?

What are the best vitamins, supplements and teas for anxiety and stress?

Talk to dr.first: Kava -- might relax you w/o the feelings of sedation, but in some studies was linked to liver problems. If you have liver problems, don't take it w/o discussing with your doctor first. Vit. B and Folic Acid are believed to affect production of neurotransmitters and thus help with anxiety. Valerian -- helps with sleep and is believed to help with anxiety. Practice relaxation, healthy nutrition. ...Read more

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What are the best supplements to support stress and mild anxiety?

What are the best supplements to support stress and mild anxiety?

Several: Personal relaxation practices -- which can be learned -- are probably better ways to deal with "stress and mild anxiety" than supplements. Breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, etc are all such possibilities. You are also already on xanax, (alprazolam) a CNS depressant. That said, herbs such as lemon balm, passion flower, or even chamomile tea may be of use. Please discuss any of these w/your doctor 1st. ...Read more

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Best herbal/natural supplements for stress and anxiety relief?

Best herbal/natural supplements for stress and anxiety relief?

Magnesium,B vitamins: Magnesium is the first supplement i advise- see http://bit.Ly/1dpai09 b vitamins often help, esp. B6 & niacinamide up to 500 mg 4x/day. I advise adults take 5-6000 iu of d3/day in fall & winter. Consider fish oil, l-theanine, 5-htp, tulsi tea, ashwagandha, rhodiola, valerian & skullcap. Avoid nutra-sweet. Exercise, meditation & counseling can really help, as can seeing a classical homeopath. ...Read more

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What is the safest natural supplement for anxiety and depression.That i can take with xanax (alprazolam)?

None: If you are taking xanax (alprazolam), (alprazolam) chances are there will be no extra benefit from any supplement because none would compare with that. There are different supplements that can be used in anxiety - valerian root, 5-htp for example, but the safety of those with xanax (alprazolam) has not been established. ...Read more

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I take Celexa (citalopram) 40mg for mood and anxiety. Is there a natural supplement I can also take along with it? I am still having some mood swings and anxiety.

I take Celexa (citalopram) 40mg for mood and anxiety. Is there a natural supplement  I can also take along with it? I am still having some mood swings and anxiety.

Valerian: You could try valerian. However, if you have been on celexa (citalopram) for a while, you might ask your doctor about switching antidepressants. Sometimes a different one, even in the same class, could be more effective for any given person. ...Read more

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Best herbal supplement for stress/anxiety?

Best herbal supplement for stress/anxiety?

Many can help: Kava can help with anxiety, but valerian is more sedating and could help more with sleep. Don't forget lemon balm, hops, passion flower, and the adaptogens rhodiola rosea and ashwagandha. Make sure you buy from reliable companies who check for heavy metals and correct raw material. Tell your doctor about any herbs you're using. Homeopathy can provide much deeper ; more individualized healing. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more