Dear Terry, “My husband has been really anxious lately. He recently had to go back to work, instead of working from home, and I think he’s having trouble adjusting. His doctor recommended a prescription medication, but he doesn’t want it. Any ideas for helping with his anxiety? ”– Haley D., Madison, WI
Dear Haley, According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it’s estimated that over 20% of adults have issues with anxiety. And unfortunately, these numbers are on the rise.
Whether he suffers from occasional or frequent anxiety, I 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 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. This ingredient 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 echinacoside and an alkamide profile in the right ratio to reduce anxiety.
Terry . . . Naturally
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