The Association of Anxiety and Depression in America says that the anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder in the U.S. as it affects over 40 million adults or 18% of the population.
When you feel anxiety the feeling is overwhelming and impedes the ability to finish daily tasks at times at your set time. These disorders can be of several types:
- Specific Phobias – These are intense fears of a certain situation or object, for instance, enclosed spaces, or heights.
- Panic Disorder – This disorder is accompanied by sudden feelings of terror that appear repeatedly.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder – This disorder is manifested by excessive, unrealistic worries and constant tension, most often with no evident reason.
- Social Anxiety Disorder – It is also known as social phobia, and involves an overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about common social situations.Also, studies have shown that people suffering anxiety have changes in certain brain structures that control memories related to strong emotions, and the disorder might also be a result of trauma.This disorder can be cured, and it is most commonly treated with prescription medication. Other people try alternative methods, like relaxation techniques, counseling, and dietary and lifestyle changes.
Yet, recent research also suggests that anxiety patients also lack an important vitamin in their diet- niacin, or vitamin B3.
It is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin, vital for the metabolism of energy, DNA repair, and synthesis of steroidal hormones. It relaxes the muscle tissue composing arteries, by vasodilation, a process of increasing their diameter.
In this way, the blood flow is boosted, the blood pressure gets regulated, the HDL levels are increased, while the LDL levels are reduced, and the heart heath is thus improved.
In the case of anxiety, this vitamin acts as an antidote to adrenaline, which is often over-produced.