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The Top 10 Natural Alternatives to Xanax


05.07.2019 by Isaac Mercer
Natural alternatives to benzodiazepines
The Top 10 Natural Alternatives to Xanax

In my experience, I like to use GABA just before going to bed, because it can make me a little bit tired.

However, you should be aware of the possible interactions that 5-HTP can have while using certain medications. So of course, make sure to use 5-HTP under the guidance of a physician. Image: Amazon.

March 24, 2017 by The ADHD Boss Editorial Team 91 Comments.

Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen that helps your brain adapt to chronic stress, and overcome anxiety symptoms.

You should always speak with a doctor before coming off of any prescription medication.

September 12, 2017 at 11:15 am.

The anti-anxiety sensation of L-theanine is a little bit difficult to describe.

So, it’s for this reason that I generally don’t recommend that you use phenibut for anxiety.

Xanax is a notoriously addictive, and in many cases dangerous prescription drug.

Anxiety is a tough condition to deal with. But, anxiety can absoluy be managed to a point where your life is filled with fun, happiness and freedom.

Jarrow 5-HTP (Amazon) is a simple and useful ingredient for anxiety, because it acts as a precursor to serotonin.

August 4, 2017 at 12:37 am.

And, serotonin is one of your most important brain chemicals, as it can play a major role in your mood and overall level of happiness.

I definiy understand wanting to use just a few supplements rather than a bunch of them.

Please take the time to speak with a medical professional if you currently take Xanax or any other benzodiazepines.

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Using magnesium citramate ultimay makes your brain feel a little bit “warm” and comfortable. It’s a truly amazing natural mineral that just about anyone can benefit from.

August 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm.

Organic India Ashwagandha (Amazon) is one of my favorite anxiety-reducing supplements.

This is because phenibut is an extremely potent and effective compound that temporarily eliminates practically all feelings of anxiety. Phenibut sounds extremely seductive, I know.

I take NAC a few times per week to detox my liver, but I only use NAC sparingly, because there isn’t enough research available at the moment to justify taking it everyday (just my opinion).

This is because Rhodiola rosea is a powerful adaptogen that helps your brain adapt to stress. So, this supplement can actually lower (or heighten) your body’s level of cortisol depending on what your body needs. Isn’t that amazing?

I still talk about the first night that I took magnesium citramate, because I had the best night of sleep of my life.

Phenibut is a common recommendation for people who suffer from anxiety.

Thorne Research, Jarrow Formulas, Rainbow Light, and Life Extension are usually the top brands that I recommend (the supplement industry is unregulated, so I like to play it safe, and stick with quality manufacturers).

However, it’s also worth noting that some medical professionals believe taking too much N-A-C can be a bad thing. They believe this because taking high doses of N-A-C can trick your body into thinking that you’re experiencing a shortage of oxygen (N-A-C helps people with lung issues breathe more easily for this reason).

Yes, valerian root is most commonly used as a sleep aid. But, it serves so many other purposes, that this is a truly amazing natural herb.

However, the side effects and withdrawal symptoms of phenibut can be absoluy brutal. This is well-documented all over the internet.

CBD oil is a natural anti-anxiety ingredient that comes from the cannabis plant (marijuana or hemp).

Side note: The video on phenibut that I posted above ls a different story. The man in the video paints a positive picture of phenibut. Then, he explains the risks of using phenibut at around the 5:00 mark. I think it’s important to hear both sides of the argument. But, I’ll stick to my guns, and advise against using phenibut.

I also take 5-HTP as needed, whenever I feel like I need a boost of serotonin (if I’m feeling a little blue).

But, I’ll just say that taking L-theanine immediay makes it easier for me to get work done, be productive, and socialize.

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Kratom looks and smells like green tea, but its benefits are much more controversial.

Hi, I’ve been on Klonopin for about 8 years now. I know that I will have to come down slowly under my doctors supervision, but after that, I was wondering if you’ve ever tried any multi ingredient supplements. I see that there are a lot of stress, calming, anxiety supplements on the market that say they contain almost all of the above ingredients. But they also don’t mention how much of each ingredient is in them. I’m basically wondering because I’m worried that buying each supplement individually will be pretty costly. ADHD BOSS says.

And, while I see the value of using Xanax for severe medical conditions in the short-term, I generally believe that this prescription medication can cause a lot of harm in the long-term.

To put it simply, your gut health is directly connected to how you feel on any given day. This is especially true when it comes to the amount of anxiety that you experience.

July 27, 2017 at 11:26 am.

Thank you for your comment.

I wish you the best of luck coming off of klonopin. Nikki says.

Magnesium is amazing for sleep, cardiovascular health, athletic performance, and of course – anxiety symptoms.

Ashwagandha has also been shown to produce hormone-balancing and anti-depressant benefits. So, this is a powerful natural ingredient that can help anxiety sufferers in many different ways.

There are some multi-ingredient supplements that work very well, but I would recommend sticking with the trusted brand names:

Overall, I believe there’s a chance that kratom is highly-effective for treating symptoms related to severe cases of anxiety and ADHD.

But, you can come pretty close to reducing the vast majority of your anxiety symptoms naturally.

I use ashwagandha nearly every day, because I personally continue to feel amazing benefits from this natural herb. And, I think that you’ll experience similar awesome benefits from using ashwagandha, too. Image: Amazon.

My daughter is 19 and has always had trouble with anxiety (unfortunay I passed that horrible trait on to her). She is now a sophomore in college with a very heavy work load, boyfriend troubles plus being far from home. We are looking for a natural supplement to help her racing thoughts and lack of sleep. She has such a hard time sleeping and staying asleep if she does. Which supplement would you recommend to start with? ADHD BOSS says.

Ready to see the full list of natural ingredients, herbs and supplements that you can use to genuinely reduce your anxiety symptoms?

Overall, I definiy see the massive potential benefits of using kratom as an alternative to Xanax. But, I also see too many potential problems with the herb to recommend it at this time.

I just want for people to become educated about phenibut – that’s all.

I didn’t believe it either, at first.

August 10, 2017 at 11:00 am Hi Pamela.

There are many things that researchers still don’t fully understand about how the human body works. So, there’s a lot of research happening because of the amazing connection between your liver and the amount of mental illness that you face. If you don’t believe me, just do some research on the connection between liver disease and mental health.

This article is intended for people who don’t currently use Xanax, but are searching for safe, natural and effective alternatives to Xanax.

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So, if kratom can have a negative effect on your testosterone and other hormones – that’s like solving one problem (anxiety), and creating a new set of problems (hormone imbalances).

For example, many people who use kratom report that it lowers their testosterone, which is a common problem that’s experienced by most opiate users.

First of all, kratom is littered with legal issues at the moment. There’s an ongoing battle regarding kratom’s legal status in the USA (and many other countries). I can’t make recommendations that conflict with the law. So, that’s one reason why I’m hesitant to recommend the herb as a natural anxiety remedy (at this point in time).

Of course, if you believe otherwise, then you’re welcome to do your own research. Just make sure to stay smart, and be safe. Ann says.

Thank you for your comment.

I’ve had many friends deal with problems related to Xanax addiction.

People generally don’t believe me when I claim that using probiotics can lower the amount of anxiety that you face.

But, once you realize that your gut health is linked with your mood, emotions, and even the decisions that you make on a daily basis – that’s when things start to make a lot more sense.

Clinical studies have even compared ashwagandha to anti-anxiety medications like lorazepam (Ativan) in terms of effectiveness.

However, some supplements do usually work best when taken individually. Ashwagandha and rhodiola are the two that I’d recommend using individually (especially for energy support and hormone balance).

I’m kind of a unique case, because I literally use ALL of these supplements at different times throughout the week. You definiy don’t have to use all of these supplements. But, I’ll give you an idea of my routine so that it hopefully helps you out…

I appreciate your comment, but the thing is that I can’t recommend phenibut at all. I don’t believe that anyone with anxiety should be messing with phenibut. It’s too much of a slippery slope with the potential for horrible addiction and other nasty side effects.

There’s probably no single supplement on the market that works as strongly and effectively as Xanax.

N-A-C (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine) is a powerful antioxidant amino acid and precursor to glutathione.

Magnesium Citramate (Amazon) is a supplement that I frequently write about on this website, because I use magnesium citramate just about every single night.

N-A-C Sustain (Amazon) is a supplement that I frequently recommend on this website because it can genuinely help sufferers of anxiety and ADHD.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine or “benzo” that helps some people deal with anxiety symptoms in the short-term. It is a valuable prescription medication that absoluy serves a purpose.

It’s very soothing for people with anxiety.

Some people even consider Rhodiola rosea to be one of the best natural alternatives to Vyvanse, as well. So as you can probably imagine, this 100% natural ingredient carries a lot of value in the world of natural health. Image: Amazon.

I take N-A-C Sustain a few times per month to detoxify heavy metals from my system, and lower my anxiety symptoms. Image: Amazon.

Life & Food Ultra Probiotic-50 (Amazon) is a highly-rated probiotic that you can use to quickly cleanse your gut, and drastically improve your anxiety symptoms.

While I normally get my daily dose of L-theanine by drinking green tea – it’s sometimes more convenient to take L-theanine in capsule form.

It’s a truly powerful ingredient. And, I highly recommend that you try CBD oil. Image: Amazon.

PharmaGABA-250 (Amazon) is the only natural source of GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) available.

Additionally, while kratom may be beneficial for anxiety, depression and similar mental illnesses – I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as a “free biological lunch” (I stole this term from Tim Ferriss ).

You can actually consider this supplement to work as a “mild sedative” because of its calming and light tranquilizing effects. Take advantage of valerian.

This can work great if your anxiety sometimes prevents you from falling asleep. Image: Amazon.

The legality of CBD oil has been confusing, to say the least. However, CBD oil that contains less than 0.3% THC content is approved for use in the U.S. as a result of the Farm Bill Act (signed under President Obama’s administration). This means that high-quality medicinal CBD oil isn’t supposed to get you high in the least bit. Instead, CBD oil provides most people with excellent anti-anxiety benefits.

August 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm Hi Nikki.

July 27, 2017 at 12:36 pm Hi Autumn.

Life Extension L-Theanine (Amazon) is an awesome ingredient that you can use to instantly feel much more at ease.

This is why some medical professionals recommend using 5-HTP to improve serotonin levels, and potentially treat some cases of anxiety and depression naturally.

You could do Rainbow Light Women’s One (general multivitamin) and Rainbow Light Mental Calm if you like. Those two are solid.

Thorne Research Rhodiola (Amazon) is one of the best alternatives to Xanax available.

One study shows that CBD oil may treat Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) due to CBD oil’s “effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas”. CBD oil can also be used to treat conditions like cancer, diabetes, epileptic disorders and various other serious conditions. Even people with autism are turning to CBD oil because of its exceptional medical properties.

In a previous article, I wrote about the potential benefits of using kratom for ADHD. You can check out that article if you like, or just read this short summary:

But, for the most part, the medical consensus seems to be that using low doses of N-A-C occasionally is perfectly OK.

Because, when you make the decision to live a complete healthy lifestyle that consists of nutritious food, awesome relationships, natural ingredients, good sleep habits and exercise – that’s when you’re most likely to experience the powerful anti-anxiety benefits that Mother Nature has to offer.

However, Xanax and similar benzos are extremely addictive, and can’t always be relied upon as a long-term solution for anxiety issues.

Kratom is another common recommendation for dealing with the terrible pains of anxiety.

So, try using a high-quality probiotic on a daily basis, and see how your mood stabilizes. You can thank me later.

For your situation, I recommend just searching Amazon for “Rainbow Light” and picking up a couple of their multi-ingredient products, because I know that Rainbow Light uses many food-based ingredients in their supplements.

In other words, if you use kratom to help with your anxiety symptoms, there’s a chance that kratom will negatively impact you in other ways that are much more subtle and difficult to notice.

The ADHD Boss Editorial Team consists of hard-working (and somewhat easily distracted) contributors from all over America. We are a remote "distributed" team, which simply means that we live in various locations throughout the US, and commute to work via our laptops. But, we all share one thing in common, which is a burning desire to help people with ADHD succeed in all aspects of life. Our mission is to provide you with accurate, well-researched facts and opinions that lead you to a happier and healthier life with ADHD. Autumn says.

A lot of this is about experimentation and seeing what works best for your lifestyle. You definiy DON’T have to take 10 supplements at once. Just start small, and listen to your body.

Some studies have shown that having a serotonin deficiency may lead to problems related to anxiety and depression.

I still have a lot of trouble with racing thoughts, and there’s something about L-theanine that temporary puts my mind to rest. I suppose I feel very “at peace” when I use this supplement. It’s a very good one to try. Image: Amazon.

Rhodiola rosea ultimay helps your brain adapt to your life’s unique circumstances.

OK, here we go… Image: Amazon.

N-A-C essentially detoxes your liver, helps your body eliminates toxins, and potentially even helps to reduce symptoms of mental illness.

And, people typically use N-A-C because glutathione lowers your oxidative stress, detoxifies your liver, and reduces the anxiety symptoms that you experience. N-A-C is even administered in hospitals when people overdose on acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Morning – Rhodiola and ashwagandha for energy, plus some probiotics, and maybe L-Theanine (for even more energy).

Could you please recommend trustworthy sources for phenibut? And should dosage be based on weight? I weigh 127 lbs and I’m 5′ 9″. Thank you for your insight! ADHD BOSS says.

Whether you’re experiencing heightened mental pain, physical health issues, or problems strictly related to anxiety – there’s a strong chance that Rhodiola rosea can help you.

Night – CBD oil for relaxation, magnesium citrate for anxiety reduction, and maybe some valerian root or GABA if I really need to chill.

So, if you’ve already spoken with a medical professional, and discovered that using natural alternatives to Xanax is a good choice for your anxiety condition or panic disorder, then this article may help you narrow down the best natural anxiety remedies to use.

And, medical professionals tend to agree that supplementing with GABA once or twice a day is an excellent way to naturally relax the brain.

While growing up, taking “bars” (slang term for Xanax bars) was a massive problem in my hometown.

Thank you so much! Pamela says.

So, this article reveals my top 10 natural alternatives to Xanax, for people who would prefer to take a more holistic path to reducing anxiety symptoms.

I had a chance to try pure CBD oil from Colorado – and it was highly-effective at treating my anxiety symptoms.

Just let me know if you have any other questions.

This is because kratom is a natural plant from Southeast Asia that comes from the same family as coffee.

I wish you the best of luck on your journey towards eliminating anxiety symptoms.

Let me know if you have any more questions! Nikki says.

However, there are also some serious problems related to kratom usage that make me hesitant to recommend the herb.

How many of these pills do you take together or do you take them on different days? I am wanting to get the best results possible but I don’t want to take to many each day if your not supposed to? What is your routine each day with these pills? I want a more natural approach to my anxiety. ADHD BOSS says.

There are many stories of people who thought that they could get away with using phenibut occasionally. But, slowly but surely, many people who use phenibut use it more and more often. This leads to the same sort of dependency and addiction problems that come with Xanax.

Most anxiety sufferers experience great benefits from supplementing with Rhodiola rosea.

Now Foods Valerian Root (Amazon) is one of the most popular alternatives to Xanax because of its ability to help most people fall sleep, deal with feelings of anxiety, and overcome angry emotions.

August 10, 2017 at 3:20 am.

It’s also worth noting that magnesium deficiency is a major problem across the United States. So, you may want to take magnesium just for the sake of your general health. Image: Amazon.

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