A Review of Herbs and Supplements for Anxiety

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND, from “Nutritional and herbal supplements for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders: systematic review,” in the 2010 issue of Nutrition Journal.

Anxiety affects 18.1% of Americans (approximately 6.8 million people) and is one of the most frequent conditions seen by clinicians (1, 2).  The estimated cost of anxiety disorders is $46.6 billion per year (3).  With this rising cost, the cost of prescriptions and unwanted side effects from pharmaceutical medications, people are looking for natural options.  A recent research review examined multiple studies looking at nutritional and herbal supplementation for anxiety and anxiety-related conditions.  The research discovered most natural treatments were effective without serious side effects (2).

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