Best Dietary Supplements for Anxiety 2017

Anxiety. It's a natural phenomenon that curses many people every year, month, day, hour, minute and second. It's a plague, like a dark cloud that floats over you that won't go away. As hard as you try and try, it just won't disappear. You feel consumed my fear and grief. So what is one to do? There are a multitude of supplements available to help those in need! I'll be going over a few today. 

 

1) Phenibut 

Phenibut has been touted as an amazing supplement, ever since it was created in Russia as a prescription in the 1960s. This powerful supplement has the tendency to provide relaxation and anxiolytic effects. It is a form of GABA, the main difference being the phenyl ring in the β-position. 

Phenibut comes in two forms, Hydrochloride Salt(HCL) and Free Amino Acid (FAA). The most common form found in nootropic shops is the HCL. HCL is reacted with hydrochloric acid to make the phenibut more dissolvable and easier to consume. The only negative side of this is the sour taste. It can be overpowering for some people. A majority of people who can't stand the taste either buy capsules or convert the powder to capsules themselves. 

Free Amino Acid (FAA) does not have the HCL molecule attached, so the taste is more of a mild bitterness. This form does not dissolve very well, and can be a bit pricier. This is due to the fact that it is less widely available and may be 15%-20% stronger than the HCL form with an equal weight of each. Of the two forms, I personally suggest going with the HCL. 

You can buy phenibut in either powder or capsules. The usual serving size is 250-500mg once per day, with a 2-3 days break in between every 2-3 days of continuous use. Make sure to do your research and follow the directions. Abusing this product can come with unwanted side effects, such as nausea, headache, dizziness, lightheadedness and cramps. 

2) Tianeptine

This is the little known tree in the forest. Tianeptine is actually a prescription in most countries; however, in the Unites States, it is currently classified as an unscheduled substance. Doctors prescribe tianeptine for the treatment of clinical depression. Larger doses may cause euphoria-like or sedative effects. Many users report effective depression and/or anxiety relief from using this substance. 

Tianeptine comes in two forms, sodium and sulfate. The most widely available form is the sodium salts. That is because this is the form doctors prescribe. Numerous nootropic vendors sell the sulfate version because it is touted as being the superior tianeptine. There actually isn't any research available to backup these claims; however, consumer usage points towards sulfate lasting longer and being more effective.

This is because the body metabolizes sulfate slower than sodium. so it is a smoother transition overall. This is more so when the substance wears off. As such, there is less chance to become addicted to the sulfate form without having to go back for more as often. I guess you could say it's a safer alternative to the sodium salts.  

The usual dosage for tianeptine sodium is 12.5mg every 3-4 hours, up to 3 times per day. Sulfate changes that dose to 25mg. You should do your own research to see how this compound effects you. Everyone is different. However, do not abuse this product as effects may be: headaches, dizziness, nausea, constipation, and more. The chances of side effects are low if used correctly. All of that being said, Zach Attack Supplements may be providing tianeptine in the near future.

3) 5-HTP

5-HTP is basically a naturally occurring amino acid that may or may not raise serotonin levels in the body. It has helped some people with anxiety and depression. Side effects may include dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting and cramps. This is more so in higher doses, and if you abuse the substance.  The usual dosage is 300mg-500mg either once daily, or divided throughout the day. 

 

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