According to a recent Japanese study, anxiety and panic attacks may be associated with lack of vitamin B6 and iron. The study points out that occasional panic attacks manifested by hyperventilation may be a consequence of a specific dietary deficiency. Other studies have also dwelled on the topic of nutritional deficiencies as roots of panic and anxiety, but this study was far more precise.

WHAT THE RESEARCHERS DID?

Other studies have merely asserted that vitamins B and iron are vital for maintaining a calm state of mind whereas the Japanese researchers tested actual B vitamins. Vitamins B2 and B12 were found to have no link with anxiety and panic, but the absence of vitamin B6 and iron was associated with anxiety-related problems.

Furthermore, the researchers pointed out that vitamin B deficiencies can also lead to agoraphobia, anxiety, emotional instability, irritability, as well as tiredness.

HOW IS ANXIETY LINKED WITH VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES? 

The chemical of happiness in our brain known as serotonin is synthesized in the body from its building block tryptophan. Vitamin B6 and iron are known co-factors in the serotonin synthesis. Another way to acquire tryptophan is through food. This being said, the key to an anti-anxiety diet may be comprised of foods rich in iron, vitamin B6, and tryptophan.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

Even though there are iron, vitamin B6, and tryptophan store-bought supplements, you should first try and obtain them from food and if this does not increase their levels, you should consult your physician or a dietician to determine if you should take supplements.