Top supplements for stress and anxiety

5-HTP. This amino acid helps build serotonin, the brain’s feel-good chemical. Dose: 100–400 mg daily

Eurycoma root. Also known as Malaysian ginseng, this herb may help balance hormones and improve depression and anxiety caused by fatigue or stress. Dose: 50–100 mg daily

Fish oil. These omega-3 essential fatty acids may boost serotonin. Dose: 1–2 grams daily

GABA. This natural neurotransmitter has calming, antianxiety effects. Dose: 500–2,000 mg daily

L-theanine. Found in teas, especially green tea, this amino acid can relieve anxiety and increase mental focus. Dose: 100–200 mg daily

Magnolia bark. Long used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this antioxidant is a powerful anxiety combatant and also fights depression. Dose: 200–400 mg daily

Phosphatidylserine. Made naturally in the body, this chemical (derived from cabbage or soy in supplements) helps maintain cellular function in the brain and can reduce anxiety and depression. Dose: 100–200 mg daily

Rhodiola. This adaptogenic herb, also known as golden root, helps balance the adrenal gland, which produces the stress hormone cortisol. Dose: 200–400 mg daily

Vitamin D. Most Americans are deficient in this important vitamin, especially in winter; recent studies have found it to be effective against depression. Dose: 2,000 IU daily Sources: Shawn Talbott, PhD; Kent Holtorf, MD

* Consult your health care provider before starting any new supplement.

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