This page delves into various dietary supplements, their proposed benefits, and the research supporting these claims. It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional prior to beginning any supplementation regimen. If you’re interested in consulting a physician with advanced knowledge in naturopathic medicine, consider reaching out to a Functional Medicine Doctor, who has specialized training in this field after completing medical school. Naturopathic doctors are also available in most states.
It’s important to note that while many people have reported benefits from these supplements, individual reactions may vary. Some supplements may induce allergic reactions, interfere with medications, or cause adverse effects in individuals with specific health conditions. Please ensure you discuss with your healthcare provider, especially if you have known allergies, sensitivities, or are on medication.
- Proposed benefits: Turmeric has demonstrated potential in reducing inflammation in the body, which may subsequently alleviate anxiety symptoms. Some research suggests enhanced efficacy when turmeric is combined with black pepper.
- Dosage and considerations: While some suggest a maximum intake of 1800 mg per day, others have researched higher doses. One animal study indicated significant mood improvement and stress damage reversal at doses translated to 4000-8000 milligrams daily for a 200-pound human. It’s essential to be cautious about dosage and avoid long-term excessive intake.
- Research link: Frontiers in Psychiatry
- Proposed benefits: Some studies link mushroom supplementation to cognitive health benefits, potentially reducing the risk of dementia.
- Demographics: About 20% of Americans over 65 and over 35% of those above 80 are diagnosed with dementia.
- Fish Oil:
- Proposed benefits: Research indicates that fish oil, specifically around 1000 mg, may offer neuroprotective benefits for conditions like anxiety and ADHD.
- Proposed benefits: PQQ is associated with improved memory and overall brain health in the elderly.
- NAD & NMN:
- Proposed benefits: These compounds are believed to support healthy gene replication, potentially slowing down the aging process at the genetic level.
- Stinging Nettles:
- Proposed benefits: Some supplements, including Stinging Nettles, might offer relief from allergy-induced anxiety.
- Valerian Root:
- Proposed benefits: Valerian root has been used for attention challenges, stress-related mood fluctuations, and sleep disorders. It’s believed to enhance GABA absorption in the brain.
- Vitamin K2:
- Proposed benefits: Vitamin K2 may aid in arterial health, potentially reducing the risk of strokes and dementia. It may also support optimal cerebral blood flow.
- Vitamin D3:
- Proposed benefits: Vitamin D3 is linked to dementia prevention and mood regulation.
For a deeper dive into the world of supplements, books by Dr. Daniel Amen come highly recommended. This page will be updated with new and pertinent research findings. Additionally, it may be beneficial to periodically pause vitamin supplementation to avoid potential dependency, but always consult with your healthcare provider regarding this.
Peter Meilahn, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor