Many people suffer from feelings of anxiety and depression… and millions turn to pharmaceutical drugs for “help.”
But as I uncovered in the November 2022 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives, those blockbuster drugs were built on a completely FLAWED premise.
Meaning they were DOOMED from the start.
Instead, what if I told you supplementing with a vitamin could help ease your mind and raise your spirits?
Well, that’s what researchers have found.
Better yet, this solution is safe… and AFFORDABLE.
Naturally calm your brain
According to new research, super inexpensive, high-dose vitamin B6 supplements may reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
Researchers compared supplementation with vitamin B6 (100 mg pyroxidine hydrochloride) or B12 (1,000 mg methylcobalmin) to placebo for one month in nearly 500 adults.
Subjects also completed the Screen for Adult Anxiety Related Disorders (SCAARED) and the Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ) at baseline and after one month of supplementation.
Ultimately, B6 reduced feelings of self-reported anxiety. And researchers noted a trend in decreased depressive symptoms.
Meanwhile, the B12 group only experienced a reduction in separation anxiety scores. No significant changes were observed in the placebo group.
Interestingly, the vitamin B6 group also showed increased levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)—a chemical that essentially “calms” the brain by clocking impulses between nerve cells.
I have been recommending GABA for sleep disorders for many years, but never for anxiety and depression. However, this finding is eye-opening, and makes a lot of sense…
Vitamin B6 acts as a co-factor for a metabolic pathway in the brain that converts compounds to GABA. So—by increasing B6 levels, you inadvertently also increase the rate of this calming metabolic process.
Don’t overdo it
Vitamin B6 is the among the most common nutrient deficiencies in the U.S.
So, it’s important to know your blood levels before adding it to your supplementation regimen—especially if you struggle with feelings of anxiety and/or depression.
Then, work alongside your healthcare provider to determine a dose that’s safe for you.
Of course, I generally recommend everyone take a multivitamin that contains at least 25 mg of B6. But the subjects in this study took 100 mg of B6 daily—so you may need that higher amount to get the most benefits. I just wouldn’t ever exceed 100 mg daily.
(You don’t want to overdo it here. There is too much of a good thing when it comes to this vitamin.)
And be mindful of lifestyle choices that could be depleting your levels, like taking birth control, overindulging in alcohol, or consuming too many sugar and carbs.
You might also consider adding six powerful “mood foods” to the menu, which I report on in the March 2022 issue of Logical Health Alternatives. If you’re not already a subscriber, click here to learn about becoming one—and to gain immediate access to all of my past reports.
Until next time,
“B6 a New Approach for Depression, Anxiety?” Medscape, 07/26/2022. (medscape.com/viewarticle/977961)