5 Researched Herbs Commonly Used to Calm Anxiety
High stress and anxiety go hand-in-hand with modern life.
It’s not surprising that remedies for anxiety abound. With names like RediCalm, they cleverly suggest relief.
But are popular herbal ingredients effective?
Today we’ll focus on specific herbs for anxiety that have been researched. We’ll use the ingredient list for RediCalm, although you should understand this post is in no way an endorsement of Redicalm, with which I have no personal experience or affiliation.
If you’re interested in implementing herbal anxiety remedies into your anxiety treatment protocol, you should consult with your doctor to explore a reasonable plan, without consideration for suggestive brand names.
Five Researched Herbs Commonly Used to Calm Anxiety
Multiple studies have been conducted on 5-HTP and its calming effects. One particular study included a group of 68 individuals that received three 50-mg 5-HTP capsules, or placebos. Based on this study, it was concluded that the intake of 5-HTP can increase the production of serotonin in dopaminergic neurons, as well as disrupt dopaminergic function in the human forebrain. This is important because low serotonin has been shown to be responsible for causing anxiety.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
In this interesting Double-blind, placebo-controlled 64 person study, participants were given two separate doses of Melissa Officinalis which included 300mg and 600mg, or a placebo. It concluded that Lemon Balm not only had reduced negative moods but also resulted in the ability to process mathematical equations with accuracy and increased speed. Lemon Balm is perennial herb and can easily be added to a diet through teas, capsules, and oils.
Passion Flower (Passiflora Incarnata L. Extract)
Passion Flower has traditionally been used as a tea to ease anxiety, so it is no wonder research shows this herb curbs anxiety. Passion Flower is said to increase a chemical called Gamma Aminobutyric Acid in the brain. This chemical is responsible for experiencing relaxation by lowering brain cell activity. The research has shown that Gamma Aminobutyric Acid is prominent in passiflora extract, except in the instances when amino acids were not included in the extract.
L-Theanine (Amino Acid Found in Green Tea Leaves)
In a double-blind, 12 participant study that examined the effects that L-Theanine had on psychological and physiological stress responses, it was concluded that L-Theanine does indeed calm anxiety. Found in green tea leaves, it is responsible for preventing binding of L-glutamic acid to glutamate receptors, as well as a reduction in heart rate.
A placebo-controlled, double-blind study was conducted on the effects of high-concentration Ashwagandha Root extract in regards to stress and anxiety. This study involved 64 subjects with a history of ongoing stress. The findings suggest the group given Ashwagandha Root had a considerable reduction in scores on all the stress-assessment scales on the 60th day, as compared to the placebo group that did not see this reduction. The research concludes that Ashwagandha Root can safely and effectively reduce anxiety.
Bundrant, M. (2017). 5 Researched Herbs Commonly Used to Calm Anxiety. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 30, 2017, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/nlp/2017/03/researched-herbs-calm-anxiety/