A balanced diet with all major vitamins and nutrients is always recommended for a healthy mind and body, but there are some vitamin and mineral supplements that have been proven to further help you manage symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression without taking prescription medications.
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t rely on supplements to manage your stress – exercise and diet are always key. However, by taking these seven supplements, you could help to naturally reduce your levels of anxiety and other mental health challenges before taking a trip to the doctor.
1. Inositol (Vitamin B8)
B Vitamins have long been linked to helping to beat stress, but B8 is particularly helpful in combating OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and panic disorder, according to Health Central. In a previous study, patients with OCD reported relief compared to those who took a placebo.
However, the same study showed that subjects that were taking SSRIs (antidepressants) did not report any improvement when taking inositol, and that overall anxiety stayed about the same in all subjects. The supplement is also believed to assist patients with trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling).