Here are the 3 herbs that will help you to reduce anxiety levels
Anxiety has been linked to nutritional deficiencies and with many neurological disorders such as autism, ADHD and general life stresses. Regardless of the reasons why a person may have anxiety, there are studies that suggest that nutrition and herbal supplementation is an effective method to reduce anxiety levels, without the risk of serious side effects.
Here is what researchers say about the 3 herbs that will help you reduce anxiety levels
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon balm was proven to reduce anxiety levels in a clinical trial with burn victims, who frequently are reported to suffer from depression, anxiety, and insomnia. In this trial the 36 patients were given tea for 20 days. However, 18 were given 2.5 gr per tea - bag of Melissa plant and the other 18 were just given black tea. This study found that the number of patients with no anxiety in the experimental group increased significantly. But, in the control group, the number did not increase significantly.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Another study on the effects of herbal medications to reduce anxiety, has found that Valerian edible oil is as effective in reducing anxiety levels, as the drug diazepam, also know as valium, which is a medication used to produce a calming effect on people suffering from anxiety. In this double blind clinical trial study, 60 patients aged between15-60 years old, who were referred for orthopedic surgery, were given 10 drops of valerian edible oil (group 1) or (group 2) who were given 5mg of diazepam, mixed in 50 ml of tap water. Researchers concluded that Valerian has good anti-anxiety activity and can even be a substitute for chemical medicines.
Kava (Piper methysticum)
A study on the effectiveness of Kava supplementation on anxious and depressive patients, has found that patients suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), who were treated for 6 weeks with 120/240 mg of kavalactones per day, had an overall improvement in their depression and anxiety test scores. Results revealed a significant reduction in anxiety for the kava group compared with the placebo group with a moderate effect size. Among participants with moderate to severe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-diagnosed GAD, this effect was larger.
Kava has also been proven to have not only anxiolytic but also antidepressant activities. Researchers found that anxiety and depression levels decreased after three weeks of taking 250 mg of kavalactones/day.
A possible reason on why certain herbs can help to reduce anxiety levels is because some of them are rich in amino-acids like L-lysine and L-arginine, which have been shown to reduce chronic anxiety in humans with low dietary intake of L-lysine.