Panic Attacks And Anxiety Episodes Are Actually Linked To Vitamin Deficiencies

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One of the primary panic attack reasons is our body's vitamin deficiency. This decreases the production of serotonin and that leads to panic.

For many of us anxiety and stress are a normal part of our lives. Worrying about our families, careers, friends, and relationships is almost routine. Unfortunately, most of these lead us to panic and in some ways become the primary panic attack reasons. 

However, a study by the Okayama University Medical School proves that panic attacks are not because you worry about your family or career. But its actually a result of low serotonin level in the body. 

Bodily Deficiencies Are The Primary Panic Attack Reasons 

When your body has low serotonin levels, it can plunge into a state of panic. For the uninitiated, serotonin is a neurotransmitter—also called the happy chemical—that regulates our emotions, well-being, happiness and even contentment.  

Our bodies basically synthesize serotonin through the amino acid tryptophan, a process that also requires iron and vitamin B6. But if we do not have adequate B6 or iron, our body is unable to synthesize serotonin.

This said study proved that it is such people who often experience panic attacks. 

"We found that both Vit B6 and iron levels were significantly lower in the (panic attack) PA group... These results suggest that low serum concentrations of Vit B6 and iron are involved in PA," the study noted. 

This research is crucial for those who often suffer from panic attacks and can prevent it from the very onset. But what does a panic attack really look like and how can you distinguish it from fear? 

How Does A Panic Attack Feel? 

When you experience panic attack, its basically a feeling of terror that strikes without warning. Those who think they are having a panic attack may feel as though they are dying, going crazy or, having a heart attack. 

Most people who have panic attacks often experience the following symptoms:

  • Racing heartbeat
  • Dizziness or nausea, or weakness
  • Tingling in hands or fingers 
  • Sense of doom or terror
  • Cold sweats or sweaty palms 
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of body control 
  • Feeling of loss of self control 

These panic attacks can usually last upto 10 minutes, although a few symptoms might last even longer. If you've had one panic attack in your life, chances are high that you would experience it again. And if that happens it is often considered a panic disorder. 

Luckily, with this study a lot of light has been shed on the primary panic attack reasons. We now know that it isn't so much a psychological issue, as it is an food deficiency issue. So how do you stop panic attacks from happening in the first place. Well, eating right is a good way to start. 

What To Eat To Curtail Panic Attacks 

The 2013-study suggests that the deficiency of vitamin B6 and iron leads to decreased production of serotonin or the happy chemical. This lack of serotonin then leads to a panic attack. So the best way to curtail this problem and to deal with it from its root is by incorporating a diet packed with vitamin B6 and iron.

For vitamin B6 try incorporating Sweet potatoes, green beans, lentils, oatmeal quinoa, potatoes, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, bananas, avocado, almonds, watermelon, asparagus, spinach, cashews, prunes, kale, pistachios, pumpkin, pineapple and chickpeas and yogurt in your meals. 

To compensate for your iron deficiencies, add green vegetables, chia seeds, parsley, green peas, raisins, quinoa, mushroom, pumpkin and hemp seeds in your meals.

In addition to incorporating all of the aforementioned into your diet, there is one more thing you can do to prevent panic attacks, and that is to meditate. As cliche as it sounds, but meditation helps you connect with your inner self and calm your nerves. It is also a great stress buster and the one activity you can trust will make you calmer. 

Also read: What Happens When You Suffer From Intimacy Anxiety Disorder?

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj