According to a recent Japanese study, there is a strong link between panic/anxiety attacks and both 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 inadequate 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 symptoms below:
- Trembling or shaking
- Feelings of choking
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
- Accelerated heart rate
- Pounding heart
- Nausea or abdominal distress
- Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
- Chills or heat sensations
- Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
- Fear of dying
Given that most of these symptoms of panic attack mimic those of breathing disorders, heart disease, and thyroid problems, those with panic disorder are often misdiagnosed and end up to emergency rooms as the doctors as convinced they have a very serious issue. So, most people with panic attacks do not really know that they are actually having a preventable and treatable disorder.
As mentioned in the very beginning, a recent research shows that the key reason for anxiety and panic attacks might be as simple as improper supplementation. Specifically, deficiency in vitamin B6 is found to be the underlying cause of these problems.
Earlier studies have also reached the similar conclusion; except for the fact that they indicate that B vitamins and iron are associated with this disorder. This new study tested various types of B vitamins, including B2 and B12, and found that there is not the link between them and panic attacks/hyperventilation attack whatsoever. In fact, it emphasized that only vitamin B6 deficiency is related to this disorder.
In general, all B vitamins are linked to improved mental health. Vitamin B deficiency shows various 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 critical role.
The best way to obtain tryptophan is through your diet. You should consume foods rich in tryptophan, such as grapefruit juice, chia seeds, pistachios, sesame seeds, eggs, tuna, Mozzarella, and pumpkin seeds.
Another way to obtain vitamin B6, iron and tryptophan is through supplementation. It is recommended to buy high-quality whole food-based varieties, such as the ones produced by companies like Garden of Life and MegaFood.