Do you know of anything that is good for anxiety and stress?
Dear Terry, “Do you know of anything that is good for anxiety and stress? I get really anxious when I am around people I'm not comfortable with or in public. I would really appreciate any advice you could give - this is no fun.” — Angie S., Rochester, NY
Dear Angie, I would recommend adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to your daily regimen. Researchers have discovered that compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. These compounds have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which helps to instill a sense of calm and relaxation. I recommend taking 20-40 mg of coneflower extract twice daily. Make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized for echinacosides.
Lemon balm extract and holy basil oil are also great options when it comes to stress relief. They both contain a number of natural compounds that work synergistically to help you react to stress more positively and allow you to stay calm and focused. I recommend taking 375 mg total of these two botanical extracts twice daily.
You may also want to consider adding omega-3s to your regimen as they have been shown to help increase focus and attention. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need a small amount compared to the handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils.
Terry . . . Naturally