Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter chemical produced by your brain. This chemical, medically characterized as a catecholamine along with dopamine and serotonin, is released into your bloodstream during times of stress or fear, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Certain supplements may enhance your brain's production of norepinephrine, and may help relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety. Check with your doctor before taking supplements to increase norepinephrine levels in your body.
Pantothenic acid, commonly known as vitamin B-5, is a stress-relieving vitamin, according to Phyllis Balch, author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing." This vitamin may aid your body in the production of catecholamines, including norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. It also aids in the conversion of carbohydrates and fats in food sources into energy for the production of healthy brain cells, which may help stave off anxiety and depression. Pantothenic acid is typically found in B-complex vitamin supplements, although you may find this vitamin as a standalone supplement in health food stores and pharmacies.
The healing power of ginseng root was first documented in the Pen Tsao Ching, a collection of herbal remedies written more than 5,000 years ago by Chinese emperor Shen Nung, according to Michael Castleman, author of "The New Healing Herbs." Ancient Chinese healers believed that this herb could enhance spiritual enlightenment and promote longevity. The chemical compounds in ginseng root may help increase production of neurotransmitter chemicals, including norepinephrine, curbing anxiety and stress. Talk to your physician before using ginseng -- in rare cases, this herb may cause insomnia.
Although vitamin C is best known for its ability to boost your immune system and ward off viral and bacterial infections, this vitamin may also help curb anxiety, depression and stress. Vitamin C aids in the production of norepinephrine, promoting a sense of calmness and potentially alleviating panic attacks, according to Balch. This vitamin is available as a standalone supplement, as well as in multivitamin supplements.
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Catecholamines
- "Prescription for Nutritional Healing"; Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C.; 2010
- "The New Healing Herbs"; Michael Castleman; 2010