Q. Dear Terry, “My teenage daughter has been experiencing a lot of anxiety lately. Most of her anxiety is about school and social situations. I don’t think she needs a prescription medication, but I want her to feel better. What are some natural options for her?” – V.R., Meridian, ID
A. Dear V.R., According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it’s estimated that over 30% of teenagers suffer from anxiety and about 20% of adults. And unfortunately, these numbers are on the rise. Whether your daughter suffers from occasional or frequent anxiety, I would recommend adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to her 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 alkamides in the right ratio to reduce anxiety.
Terry . . . Naturally
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