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    Default Low Vitamin B Linked To Anxiety Attacks

    Australian Spinal Research Foundation
    September 13, 2017

    Among the increasingly common mental health challenges facing the western world population are panic and anxiety disorders. However, there is a growing body of evidence showing that these so-called ‘mental’ health issues are not purely mental – that nutrition and other areas of health are in fact linked to our mental and emotional state. Imagine that! Proof that perhaps the whole body is linked, rather than separated into distinct ‘brain’ and ‘everything else’ categories.

    One such piece of evidence emerging from Okayama University, Japan, has shown an interesting link between low serum vitamin B and iron levels, and panic or hyperventilation attacks. The study took place at Atago hospital, which sees approximately 7,800 critical care patients every year [1]. During the study period, some 44 patients who fit the inclusion criteria presented with a panic attack or hyperventilation attack. 21 of them agreed to be part of the study.

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    Default Re: Low Vitamin B Linked To Anxiety Attacks

    The "B Complex" vitamins (i.e. B1, B2, B3, etc.) historically have been designated "calming or relaxation" vitamins, or "stress reliever" vits. But, this article specifically singles out vitamin B6 as the one that relieves anxiety attacks. This may be true. However, B vits. work best together...a synergistic effect. So, if supplementing with B6 for anxiety, B-12 and folate (not folic acid) should be included at a minimum. Also, there are several different types of vit. B6, which is generally known as pyridoxine. However, this article states that B6 is a co-enzyme working with tryptophan to relieve anxiety. In its co-enzyme form, vit. B6 is known as either "pyridoxal 5' phosphate (PLP) or pyridoxamine 5' phosphate (PMP). The co-enzyme forms of vit. B6 (PLP or PMP) are involved in more than 100 enzyme reactions in the body and are extremely versatile.

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