According to a recent Japanese study, there is a strong link between panic/anxiety attacks and vitamin B6 and iron levels in the blood.
This study suggests that getting occasional panic attacks manifested by episodes of hyperventilation may be a result of insufficient nutrient supplementation.
Panic attacks and hyperventilation attacks are paroxysmal psychiatric episodes and the symptoms strike out of the blue. A person is diagnosed with this condition if he experiences at least four of the signs listed below:
- Shivering or shaking
- Feelings of shortness of breath or smothering
- Accelerated heart rate
- Pounding heart
Earlier studies have also reached the comparable conclusion; except for the fact that they suggest that B vitamins and iron are associated with this condition. This new study tested numerous types of B vitamins, including B2 and B12, and found that there is no link between them and panic attacks/hyperventilation attack whatsoever. In fact, it emphasized that just vitamin B6 deficiency is connected to these conditions.
In general, all B vitamins are linked to improved mental health. Vitamin B deficiency shows different symptoms, such as fatigue, emotional instability, anxiety, irritability, and agoraphobia.
The brain’s ‘happiness’ chemical called serotonin is synthesized by tryptophan in the body. During the synthesis of serotonin, both vitamin B6 and iron have a crucial function.
The best way to get tryptophan is through your diet. You should consume abundant tryptophan foods, such as grapefruit juice, chia seeds, pistachios, sesame seeds, eggs, tuna, Mozzarella, and pumpkin seeds.
Another way to get vitamin B6, iron and tryptophan is through supplements. It is advised to purchase premium whole food-based varieties, such as the ones produced by companies like Garden of Life and MegaFood.