Want To Feel Less Anxious? Take High Doses Of Vitamin B6

Want To Feel Less Anxious? Take High Doses Of Vitamin B6

According to the findings of a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled research released in Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, high dosages of Vitamin B6 may assist to alleviate anxiety. The results of this study give suggestive evidence that increasing inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain by B6 supplementation might lead to observable behavioral effects.

The water-soluble vitamin B6 is an essential component of the vitamin B complex. Meat, chicken, fish, beans, almonds, and bananas are just few of the foods that contain it. Vitamin B6 is essential for healthy nerve and immune system development and for the proper functioning of red blood cells. Further, it is crucial in the transformation of glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter, into gamma-aminobutyric acid, an inhibitory neurotransmitter (GABA).

Previous studies that revealed B vitamins might boost GABA synthesis served as inspiration for the current study.

A total of 478 people took part in the trial, and they were all given either B6, B12, or placebo pills. Each subject was instructed to take one pill once daily while eating for a period of around a month. The individuals’ levels of anxiety and sadness were evaluated beforehand. After the month was over, they took same tests again, in addition to measures of visual processing and cognition.

Over the course of the study period, vitamin B12 had minimal impact compared to placebo, but vitamin B6 produced a statistically significant difference. The study’s authors discovered that B6 supplementation not only helped participants feel less anxious, but also seemed to affect their visual contrast sensitivity.

Small changes in luminance are easily seen by the human eye when there is a large disparity between the foreground item and the background. When contrast is low, however, it might be difficult to make out even substantial changes in brightness. The phenomenon known as “surround suppression” may also be influenced by the object’s contrast with its backdrop. Our brain engages in a process called “surround suppression” when it stops paying attention to the area immediately around an item.

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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