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Can Supplements Help Anger?

by
author image Tara Carson
Based in Richmond, Va., Tara Carson has written articles for editorial and corporate online and print publications for more than 10 years. She has experience as an adjunct professor of nutrition at Northwest Christian University and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism and nutrition from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Can Supplements Help Anger?
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Overview

Feeling angry is natural part of the fight or flight response for all people and is often a reaction to a threat, feelings of frustration, or the perception of being criticized. Anger can also be a more aggressive and protective version of underlying emotions such as loneliness, sadness, and fright. When you lose control and have an episode of rage, irrational decisions may lead you to take actions and say words you will later regret, which causes stress. Anger may also increase blood pressure, heart rate and adrenaline levels. Treating excessive feelings of anger may be necessary to uphold a healthy emotional state.

Bupleurum

Bupleurum is an appropriate remedy, according to Chinese traditional medicine, when qi is stagnant and blood circulation is limited resulting in repressed anger, tension, digestive problems, teeth-grinding and neuroses. Additional symptoms of qi stagnation include stomach pain, gas, inflammation and tumors and cysts. This condition is also known as fire in the liver meridian. Bupleurum releases the stagnant qi and reduces angry and irritated feelings, according to the Institute for Traditional Medicine.

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Zinc

According to a 2009 study published in "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition" led by T. Sawada from Daigaku Junior College and Seitoku University, when a supplement of 7 milligrams of zinc gluconate was given to women, their instances of anger and depression markedly decreased. This study corroborated a previous study that discovered the same findings in female animals.

B Vitamin Complex

Repressed anger may cause high homocysteine levels, which is a precursor for heart disease. However, the relationship among these factors is being scrutinized by the medical community because the cause and effect is not conclusive, according to Peacehealth.org. Elevated homocysteine may also cause strokes, osteoporosis, Crohn's disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, miscarriages and hypothyroidism. Vitamin B complex is a known remedy for lowering homocysteine levels. The August 2006 issue of "Biological Psychiatry" reports a study that confirms that B vitamins are directly associated with homocysteine levels which can influence anger attacks, especially in patients who also suffer from depressive disorder.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Supplementing your diet with omega-3 fatty acids may also help anger issues, according to a study in the February 2008 issue of "Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry." Subjects in the study were substance abusers and had poor dietary habits. Diets were supplemented with omega-3s, which resulted in an increase of beneficial acids, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid.. Eicosapentaenoic acid was shown to be especially beneficial in lowering anxiety and anger scores in subjects.

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