Can you take a B complex vitamin while using kava kava and or St. John's Wort? Will this help with anxiety in a teenager?

B complex vitamin supplements are completely safe with almost any other medication. However it is important that you consult with your general physician to calculate your required dosage, as this differs from individual to individual. Depression and anxiety disorders can at times set in or be aggravated due to vitamin deficiencies. B complex vitamins are particularly important to an individual's mental and emotional health. Our bodies can not store these nutrients, which is why a regular intake though our diet is essential. Refined sugars, alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine destroy these vitamins.

B complex comprises of a number of vitamins like vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin B5 and vitamin B6 to name a few. Research has found that these vitamins are crucial to a person's mental and emotional health. Vitamin B1 or thiamine is used by the brain to help convert glucose into fuel, without which an individual will feel fatigued. This can lead to and heighten feelings of anxiety, depression, irritability, and at times thoughts of suicide. A deficiency can also result in memory problems, insomnia, loss of appetite and gastrointestinal disorders.

Pellagra, which is responsible for dementia and psychosis, among many symptoms has been found to be brought on by vitamin B3 deficiency. The disease has reduced significantly today, but smaller deficiencies of the vitamin can contribute to anxiety and depression.

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