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Supplement Sam E

3 User Reviews
5 star (3) 

Posted by Arica (Athens, GA) on 06/10/2007
5 out of 5 stars

A few days before my period, I often find myself getting extremely anxious and paranoid. The same thing happens on day 5 of my period.. Not sure what is happening to my hormones, but I don't like it! I have discovered that a 200 mg of Sam-e will immediately stop the anxiety and paranoia. I still feel quite emotional up until the day I get my period, but it is way reduced with sam-e. Great supplement. I don't take it every day, just when necessary.

Replied by Sarah
(Dallas, Texas)

I was waking up in a panic daily, and SAMe stopped that for me, six years ago. But now, I guess I've outgrown it, because I have the physical (not emotional) sensation of anxiety, with such bad muscle tension in the front of my neck, that I am in physical pain for days at a time. SAMe is awesome for depression (except not for bipolar type)! Just watch, years down the road, as you might need to stop the SAMe. Also, whenever there is anxiety due to PMS, the cure is magnesium! And maybe calcium too, but I try to get calcium in my diet instead of supplementing. It is really hard to get enough magnesium in your diet however, what with the all the heavy metal toxicity, and with the way grains are processed today. Magnesium citrate and oxide are the best forms, and capsule form is by far the best way to insure that you are digesting it, unless you don't mind chewing up the tablets.

Supplement Sam E
Posted by Sharon (Boston, MA) on 02/04/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My husband had a habit of waking up at 2:00am in terrible anxiety every night. The rest of the night was toss and turn, toss and turn. I started him on SamE and overnight, the pattern ceased. Now he loves it and takes it every night. No more insomnia, no more anxiety, no more depression. Good stuff!

Supplement Sam E
Posted by Shelly (Sioux City)
5 out of 5 stars

In the fall when the time changes, I often have a very difficult time with anxiety and depression, especially as the holiday season approaches. After being on Effexor for a couple of years, I decided I needed to find a natural solution as I was tired of always feeling 2 steps behind. I experimented with the supplement SAM-e and discovered that it worked wonders fairly quickly. I also realized that some brands are better than others as it is a very unstable molecule. I took the lower dosage 2x a day for about a month. At that point I had to stop taking it for a while because it appeared that my brain chemistry had corrected itself and I no longer needed supplementation. Now I take it as needed, which is about 1 pill every few months. I hope others coming off the anti-anxiety medication will give this supplement a try. It was a wonderful discovery! By the way, doctors in Europe prescribe this remedy more often than prescription meds.


Posted by Alittlebitsassy (Langley, Bc Canada) on 01/06/2010

I was wondering if any knows if it is ok to take L-Taurine, Passion Flower, GABA and anti-depressants together? I suffer from Panic attacks and am trying to find a more natural way to alleviate them than taking the antidepressants. Any help would be appreciated!

Thank You!
alittlebitsassy aka Diane

Replied by Candy
(Fort Madison, Ia)

you should try the transdermal magnesium. it really helps with that. i soak my feet in a small tub of it every night and i can't believe how much it helped me with that same problem. hope this helps.

EC: Here's the page:

Replied by Pr
(Houston, Texas)

The book, Break Your Prescribed Addictions by Dr. Sahley, will have the answers to your question. This book is about using the amino acids, 5 different ones, to get off of prescribed drugs. It also addresses the amino acid reactions with any drugs you might be taking. Great book and the amino acids do work for panic attacks with no withdrawal. I had to take more of the Gaba than was recommended for it to work for me. Good luck.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
510 posts

Hello Candy from Fort Madison,

Perhaps the magnesium oil works to counteract your panic attacks because magnesium competes for the same receptor sites in the brain and central nervous system as the monosodium glutamate which all our processed foods are loaded with, along with aspartame. Both of these excitotoxins are being connected to many problems involving our brains and CNS.

You might get rid of the problem completely by trying to eliminate these two toxins from your foods, but you won't find it easy to avoid them, and you'll need to learn all the names they hide them under.

Supplements Gh3 and Sceletium

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Lad (Maryland) on 04/09/2006
5 out of 5 stars

GH3 (I used a more complexed type "GH7") is a mild, reversible MAO inhibitor. It does lift your mood. Sceletium, or "Kanna" herb is reputed to work faster and better than SJW, and I found it to be very useful too. Also, gotu kola is a good all around herb for depression and anxiety.


1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Janet (St. Andrews, FL) on 06/30/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have dealt with anxiety disorder for many years now, in particular, GAD (generalized anxiety disorder). I am on an antidepressant which helps a great deal. However,I also take 1000mg of Taurine everyday when I get up in the morning. It is better to take it on an empty stomach. I was feeling very anxious one day and did not want to take a benzo (xanax), so I decided to try the Taurine I had bought just for this purpose. I admit that I was not too optimistic that it would help as I'd tried many natural remedies for anxiety and they never really worked. But in desperation, I decided to give the Taurine a try. I took 1000mg and in a few minutes, I actually felt so much more calm! I could not believe it! I told a friend of mine with the same problem about it and he started taking it too and he is 100% better now!
Taurine is very cheap and is abundant in the human body. Being Taurine deficient can cause anxiety.

I read up on this at the following site:

If this helps just one person, I'm glad I took the time to share it!

Replied by Dinah
(Cleveland, Ohio)

Taurine: Another helpful remedy is adrenal supplements; since taking them, I've gotten my life back. I noticed an extraordinary difference in less than a week. I take them every day, although now at a third of the original dose prescribed by a nutrapath.

Valerian Root

2 User Reviews
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Posted by greenbeanz39 (Clarkston, Washington) on 05/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

cure for anxiety attacks: I wanted to share this remedy that has continually helped me. Valerian root. I have made a believer out of my husband after a family outing almost turned deadly as we almost slid off an icey cliff. My husband got so rattled that he could hardly breathe and could not control his heart rate. I gave him three caps of valerian root and fifteen or so minutes he was able to feel the difference in his heart rate and ability to breathe. Beware that the smell is foul but it does not cause an odor coming out of you like garlic and somethings might. It says on the bottle that it may cause sleepiness, but has never had that effect on either of us. This is always in my car in case of serious anxiety or just having one of those days.I recommend everyone to try this.

Replied by Samantha
(Abbotsford, Bc, Canada)
5 out of 5 stars

I've also had success with Valarian root for anxiety. I started having episodes of mania and rancing thoughts, with an inability to fall asleep. My brain just would not shut off and I thought I was going crazy; it was unsettling and felt like my nerves were totally shot. I bought another sleep aid (I was currently only taking melatonin) and it had valarian root combined with hops and lemon balm. It helped a lot and I could actually fall asleep again and stay sleeping throughout the night.

I then noticed during the day when it would wear off and saw how much it helped my general anxiety and took half doses as needed. It's incredibly calming and soothing and helps relax my muscles and all the tension in my brain. It's made a huge difference getting through an incredibly stressful time. I hope this helps someone else too!

Replied by Groovy
(Tampa, Fl)

I have tried Ambien, Lunesta, sominex, booze, etc to sleep. Ambien made my head feel like drank a liter of vodka and I didn't sleep on it either. Booze can also make you feel like you hit your head against the wall. The other stuff just doesn't work. Valerian will never give you a hangover. And if you take it in the day it doesn't leave you sleepy... just relaxed.

Valerian Root, 5-HTP

1 User Review
4 star (1) 

Posted by Lauren0305 (Houston, Tx) on 09/03/2013
4 out of 5 stars

I've been taking 5-HTP for my depression/anxiety for a few weeks now. I had recently weaned off of Lexapro. I'm taking 100mg twice a day and have noticed a big improvement in my anxiety but I'm still having a lot break through anxiety during the night or early in the morning. I wake up about 1-2 hours before my alarm and can't turn off the racing throughts. That's even after taking Valerian Root at bedtime (I started with 1 and worked my way up to 5 at bedtime, which is the suggested dosage). Should I increase the 5-HTP to 100mg three times a day?

Another question regarding my 10yr old son. He was diagnosed about 4 months ago with ADHD and anxiety. I will not put him on Rx medication but we've been doing therapy and extra vitamins and supplements. Like me, his anxiety comes out at night and he also has trouble sleeping. We've tried Melatonin and L-Tryptophan but he still wakes up multiple times per night and has a hard time falling back to sleep. Can he take 5-HTP?

Replied by Mama To Many
(Middle Tennessee Usa)

Hi Lauren,

Regarding your son taking 5 - HTP, I don't know what the recommendations are for children. For me however, I would feel more comfortable with that than prescription medications. If you try it, You could do a half a capsule (empty half out) and see how he does with that.

I think you are wise to avoid prescriptions for his ADHD. I am guessing you have probably already tried a lot of things... Just in case, I will mention that food dye makes one of my children very hyper. So, there could be some things you might want to avoid if you haven't already.

An Epsom Salt bath at bedtime might be good to relax him. (1 cup per 20 minute bath - my kids love it. ) I put a drop of lavender in the bath for my one that is high energy (even without the food dye! ) Sleepytime tea is also great at bedtime - even 1/2 cup. My children love it.

Hope you both start getting better rest soon!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Timh
2084 posts

@Lauren0305: Both sleep and mental issues or the presence of both are many or most times only symptoms of underlying problems which are almost exclusively associated with modern lifestyle. There are many factors happening in these cases, and the key is removing these factors. Clean(er) air, food, water is where to start. A good whole food multivitamin/mineral supplement is essential as well as extra antioxidant nutrition. Oil Pulling and Detox Foot Pads help remove any stubborn toxins.

This is just my general assessment and there could be other factors involved of which you might get answered here on E. C.

Replied by Lauren0305
(Houston, Tx)

Thank you for the replies. Yes, we cut out all artificial dyes, preservatives, etc many years ago b/c of his ADHD symptoms. His diet isn't as healthy as I'd like b/c he's picky, but I buy about 90% all natural and/or organic foods. I'm trying to cut him back on gluten to see if that affects anything.

Vitamin B6

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Bev (Oakland Park, Fl) on 03/12/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Vitamin B6 for Anxiety and Insomnia

Vitamin B6 will calm you down and if you take it with B12 in the morning, you'll feel energized during the day without any feeling of nervousness or anxiety. Do not overdo B6 because in large quantities it can be harmful. Some say that up to 500 mgs a day is the safe upper limit, but it seems like a lot to me.

I also take 100 mg of B6 at night to help me sleep. B6 is referred to as Nature's Sleeping Pill. I usually take it with inositol, and sometimes add a little L-theanine or Gaba.

Melatonin diminishes as you age, but do not take large doses or it will have the opposite effect. 3 mg works just fine for me, but 10 mgs may have you tossing and turning. With melatonin, less is more.

Vitamin D-3

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Katie (Wisconsin, USA) on 01/18/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I suffer from depression and anxiety (panic attacks), and sought the advice of a nutritionist recently when my anxiety attacks worsened over the winter. She highly recommended Vitamin D-3 in the liquid form. 10,000 IU each morning (or roughly 5 drops). I noticed an immediate change! No side effects whatsoever. No extreme changes but it just made me feel a lot more leveled out, more balanced and normal. Noticeably so.

I would highly suggest this for anyone experiencing anxiety or depression, especially in the winter months or if you work indoors all day. (Make sure it's Vitamin D-3, not D-2). L-Theanine is also nice to supplement this for more immediate relief of anxiety attacks.


1 User Review
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Posted by Leia (New Baltimore, MI) on 11/03/2006
5 out of 5 stars


Water With Lemon

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Courtney (Caldwell, Idaho) on 03/08/2006
5 out of 5 stars

A tall cold glass of water with a slice of lemon and peter sterling's cd's cures depression and anxiety. i have not been diagnosed with depression, but it runs in my family and i get it often. it is always accompanied with anxiety. i have found that if you just put peter sterling's music on, and just sit back and SLOWLY sip a glass of lemon water, it will help you relax and brighten your mood.

Wormwood Combo

2 User Reviews
5 star (2) 

Posted by Rexine (United States) on 06/19/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I take wormwood for intrusive thoughts. They are gone. I only take one a day, but the dosage calls for more. The brand I use is a Wormwood Combination with Black Walnut leaf (Juglans nigra), Wormwood herb (Artemisia absinthium) Quassia (Quassia amara), Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) and Male Fern root (Aspidium filix-mas). I also took Lithium Orotate and it was very good, but the Wormwood is better. I am 65 years old and have had depression problems. That seems better but the anxiety and OCD seems to have kicked in. I was never bombarded with the intrusive thoughts until later in life. I will never be without Wormwood again.

Replied by Amber
(New Jersey)

Whats the brand?

Replied by Reza
(Tehran, Iran)
5 out of 5 stars

Hey Rexine, I must say that I feel the same about the wormwood medicine. I wake up less neurotic and at ease, something that I'm not even familiar with . Great recommendation!

(Florida, USA)

Hi Reza! What brand do you take? I have horrible OCD and would really love to get rid of my intrusive thoughts.


Posted by Bodulica (Barrie) on 09/03/2013

Just read the article connecting the low level of zinc and elevated copper with anxiety: