According to the research of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder in the U.S. Its statistics show that there are affected over 40 million adults or 18% of the population.
The consequence of the anxiety is obstruction of the ability to finish even the simplest daily tasks at times. There are several types of disorders:
– Panic Disorder – They are accompanied by sudden feelings of terror that appear frequently.
– Specific Phobias which are intense fears of a certain situation or object (enclosed spaces, or heights).
– Social Anxiety Disorder – It is also known as social phobia, and is actually worry and self-consciousness about common social situations.
– Generalized Anxiety Disorder which is manifested by excessive, unrealistic worries and constant tension.
According to many studies about the exact causes of anxiety, it is caused by a set of factors, like brain changes and environmental stress. The people suffering anxiety might be a result of trauma and have changes in certain brain structures that control memories related to strong emotions.
The anxiety can be healed and treated with prescription medication or by trying alternative methods, like relaxation techniques, dietary, counseling, and lifestyle changes.
The recent research shows that anxiety is caused by a lack of important vitamin in the diet- niacin, or vitamin B3. This is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin, vital for the metabolism, DNA repair, and synthesis of steroidal hormones. It acts by relaxing the muscle tissue composing arteries, by increasing their diameter.
This boosts the blood flow, the blood pressure gets regulated, the LDL levels are reduced, while the HDL levels are increased, and the heart health is thus improved. This vitamin acts as an antidote to adrenaline, which is often over-produced.
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Researchers maintain that niacin treats depression and anxiety and improves the sleep patterns. Nutritionist confirms that niacin boosts blood flow, lowers blood pressure, eliminates excess adrenaline, and regulates hormones, which relaxes the body, manages stress, and treats anxiety.
The dose should be recommended by the doctor and depends on the gender and age.
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