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I am looking for something to take for my concentration and mild anxiety without the supplement making me drowsy. any suggestion


Posted by kdixon09

 
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Ian Health Maven

Exercise and omega-3 fatty acids/fish oil have proved very effective at easing mild anxiety and may aid concentration. Try a daily 30 minute walk and/or 4 to 6 1,00mg omega-3/fish oil capsules daily in 2 or 3 divided doses (start off with 1 a day and increase by one every few days).

Note: omega-3s tend to thin the blood so may be contraindicated if you have hemophilia or are taking blood thinning medication, including over-the-counter ones such as a daily aspirin. Seek medical advice if this is the case.

Best wishes

Ian


have you heard about kava kava or st johns wart helping my symptoms? Also I heard ginkho biloba and ginsing for concentration...any thoughts?

Ian Health Maven

Having seen the devastating effects of Kava Kava in Australian Indigenous communities (and I've heard in North American ones too) I don't recommend it. St John's Wort (SJW) seems to work for some and not others. Trial data is very mixed. Be aware that SJW interacts with many prescription medications and over-the-counter supplements so seek advice if you are taking these. You might find these articles useful: http://tinyurl.com/yha2ugd

Ginkgo has repeatedly failed to show positive results, see for example this recent Wellsphere article, and I suspect the same is true of ginseng. But give them a try.

Ian


Thanks that gives me some great options. Did you mean 100 mg or 1000 mg of the omega 3/ fish oil? I have also seen something called valerian and passion flower used together? any ideas?
Ian Health Maven

Sorry about the typo, it is 1,000mg of omega-3, which should contain at least 180mg eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 120mg docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Valerian may be effective for very mild anxiety, but these benefits can be a short lived. Despite the claims, Valerian is not a natural form of Valium (diazepam). In fact diazepam is a natural compound which occurs in most foods. I'm less convinced by passion flower. However, there shouldn't be any harm in trying them.

Best wishes

Ian




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