I’ve been feeling more anxious lately. I would like to try natural options before a medication.
Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been feeling more anxious lately. I would like to try natural options before a medication. The anxiety is usually related to work or getting things done around the house. What can I try?” – Louise C., Springdale, AK
A. Dear Louise, Over 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders. Whether you suffer from occasional or frequent anxiety, 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 affect certain brain receptors, which helps to instill a sense of calm and relaxation.
Clinical research shows fast-acting results. In one study, the special extract of E. angustifolia was tested with individuals experiencing increased anxiety and tension. After just one day, the participants noticed a reduction in stress and anxiety, with an even greater reduction in just seven days.
I would take 20 to 40 mg once or twice per day of the coneflower extract, especially on days you might be feeling more stressed. This extract is safe enough to be taken daily to help prevent anxiety as well. Make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract standardized for alkamides in the right ratio to reduce anxiety.
Terry . . . Naturally