My 30-year-old son has recently developed anxiety, especially about meeting his deadlines at work.
Q. Dear Terry, “My 30-year-old son has recently developed anxiety, especially about meeting his deadlines at work. He does not want to try a prescription medication. He is doing some breathing exercises and meditation. And he recently started yoga. He seems to want a natural approach to his anxiety, what botanicals could he try?” — D.G., Hilo, HI
A. Dear D.G., I highly recommend your son discuss any supplementation with his healthcare practitioner. With that being said, I think natural options for anxiety can be incredibly safe and effective.
Whether he suffers from occasional or frequent anxiety, I would recommend adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to his 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 interact with our endocannabinoid system, which helps to instill a sense of calm and relaxation.
I would have him try 20 to 40 mg once or twice per day of the coneflower extract, especially during the days leading up to his deadlines. This extract is safe enough to be taken daily to help prevent anxiety as well. Make sure he looks for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract standardized for alkamides in the right ratio to reduce anxiety.
Terry . . . Naturally