Many people use complementary medicine and therapies (CMT) to help manage their anxiety. But these should only be prescribed by a health practitioner trained in their use.
If you do use complementary medicine and therapies, it’s important to share this information with your doctor as some herbal remedies can affect other prescribed medicines.
The following herbal remedies may help with anxiety, but more research is needed to understand their effectiveness.
Certain vitamins and minerals have been associated with a lower risk of anxiety. These include:
Research shows that a healthy, balanced diet with vitamins and nutrients including magnesium, zinc, vitamins B, C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids may help with anxiety.
A balanced diet means eating foods from the five main food groups, including:
You may also benefit from limiting:
More research is needed to understand how diet affects anxiety. But a healthy diet is likely to improve your overall wellbeing. Talk to a health professional for more information about healthy eating.
This web page is designed to be informative and educational. It is not intended to provide specific medical advice or replace advice from your health practitioner. The information above is based on current medical knowledge, evidence and practice as at September 2022.