Panic, Iron, and B6: Helping Panic Disorder, Naturally with Vitamins and Minerals
I found the fascinating article below trying to help a dear girlfriend who was suffering from a serious panic disorder. Although she would probably benefit from SSRIs also, she had not eaten red meat for more than three years. That made me think. I was right in my hunch that although she was physically healthy in terms of not being anemic, she was probably mildly deficient in iron because of not touching meat for so long. I told her her panic disorder would probably get better if she took an iron supplement with a b-complex vitamin pill. It breaks my heart that I spoke to her as an expert, but I do not think she ever heard me. I have been wrong before, but here, iron and B6 would have only helped her. We finally broke up due to her untreated depression. If you read this article, my sweet, you will be reading the Spanish translation I will do for only you, although eventually, thousands of Spanish-speakers will benefit from the research I did for you, my love. I wish you health and happiness, lovely!
PS Also, check out the book on the right, Guide To Natural Mental Health for a lot more of the same, helpful advice on natural interventions for anxiety, bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia. Also, it’s worth reading if you think you are addicted to video games, Facebook, or your cell phone. You might be surprised at what you learn!
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Acta Med Okayama. 2013;67(2):99-104. Low serum concentrations of vitamin B6 and iron are related to panic attack and hyperventilation attack.Mikawa Y1, Mizobuchi S, Egi M, Morita K.
Patients undergoing a panic attack (PA) or a hyperventilation attack (HVA) are sometimes admitted to emergency departments (EDs). Reduced serotonin level is known as one of the causes of PA and HVA. Serotonin is synthesized from tryptophan. For the synthesis of serotonin, vitamin B6 (Vit B6) and iron play important roles as cofactors. To clarify the pathophysiology of PA and HVA, we investigated the serum levels of vitamins B2, B6, and B12 and iron in patients with PA or HVA attending an ED. We measured each parameter in 21 PA or HVA patients and compared the values with those from 20 volunteers. We found that both Vit B6 and iron levels were significantly lower in the PA/HVA group than in the volunteer group. There was no significant difference in the serum levels of vitamins B2 or B12. These results suggest that low serum concentrations of Vit B6 and iron are involved in PA and HVA. Further studies are needed to clarify the mechanisms involved in such differences.
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