Patients undergoing a panic attack (PA) or a hyperventilation attack (HVA) are sometimes admitted to emergency departments (ED’s). 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 and iron play important roles as cofactors.
A human scientific study from Japan has found a significant correlation between panic/anxiety attacks, vitamin B6 and iron levels in the blood.
This definitely appears to have been the case with 21 people who participated in the study, which identified a lack of both vitamin B6 and iron among participants who experienced panic, anxiety or hyperventilation attacks.
After the results were evaluated, scientists found that both vitamin B6 and iron were insufficient in the subjects suffering from panic/anxiety attacks and hyperventilation issues, as opposed to those in the control group, who had adequate levels of these critical supplements.
The study shows that if you get occasional panic/anxiety attacks accompanied with episodes of hyperventilation, you might be experiencing the symptoms of a basic supplement deficiency that can be easily fixed.
Panic attacks are diagnosed by the sufferer experiencing at least four of the following symptoms:
- Heart palpitations.
- Pounding heart or accelerated heart rate.
- Sweating, trembling or shaking.
- Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering.
Scientists tested several types of B vitamin and found B2 and B12 to be unrelated to panic attacks/hyperventilation attacks. It is specifically a lack of vitamin B6 that correlated strongly to the disorder.
Yet, it is worth noting that B vitamins, in general, are associated with better mental health. Other symptoms of vitamin B deficiency may include agoraphobia, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, and emotional instability.
B vitamins and iron are particularly essential for the production of tryptophan into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates not only mood and mental stability, but also sleep and cardiovascular function.
You can take Vitamin B6, Iron, and Tryptophan (via 5-HTP) as supplements.
If you are looking to supplement with B vitamins, it is advisable to purchase top quality whole food-based varieties.
Moreover, Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan. Other rich tryptophan sources include turkey, grapefruit juice, tuna, eggs, Mozzarella, chia seeds, sesame seeds, pistachios.