Feeling anxious? You’re not alone.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in America. About 40 million adults are affected.
If you go to a doctor, he or she will likely put you on an anti-anxiety medication (benzodiazepines like Xanax or Valium).
These drugs cause serious side effects like dizziness, confusion, weakness, and unsteadiness. You don’t want to drive after taking them.
The worst part? Benzos are dangerously addictive. About one-third of people who take them for six months or longer will have serious withdrawal symptoms such as seizures when they try to quit.
If you suffer from anxiety or have panic attacks, you should know about a natural alternative. It’s called inositol.
Inositol (pronounced in-NO-sit-awl) is a carbohydrate chemically similar to glucose. It has a number of functions in the body. It contributes to the structure of our cells. It affects brain chemicals and also insulin.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology tested inositol supplements in anxiety patients. Researchers randomly gave one group daily doses of inositol. The other took fluvoxamine, an antidepressant drug.
Inositol was twice as effective at reducing panic attacks as fluvoxamine. It also relieved anxiety and agoraphobia symptoms.
Agoraphobia is a fear of public places or leaving one’s home. It can make it impossible to live a normal life.
Researchers at Israel’s Soroka Medical Center conducted another clinical study of inositol. They split 21 patients into two groups. One got inositol. The other took a placebo. Inositol relieved panic attacks and the severity of agoraphobia.
Research published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology found inositol helped balance the mood-related brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine.
And a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry looked at the brain chemistry of suicide victims and bipolar disorder patients. It found that they had significantly less inositol than people with good mental health.
Inositol: Nature’s Tranquilizer
Inositol has also been found to reduce depression symptoms and improve insulin sensitivity.
Inositol is in grains, nuts, fruits, and beans. But it’s difficult if not impossible to get a therapeutic dosage (up to 18 grams daily) from foods.
Supplements are the way to go. They are available from online retailers and health food stores.
Inositol is well-tolerated by most people. Side effects have sometimes been reported at doses higher than 12 grams daily. These include headache, nausea, and insomnia.
If you’re suffering from anxiety, why not bypass Big Pharma’s dangerous option and consider taking inositol?
To your peak health,
Nicole Hansen Director of Research & Development New Summit Nutritionals