Anxiety is the most common form of mental illness in the United States, overcoming even depression. It is estimated that 18 percent of the population sufferers from some form of anxiety, which totals over 40 million adults. The cause of many anxiety disorders is actually unknown, and prescription drugs for anxiety often come with unwanted side effects. Anxiety is often referred to as the "fight or flight" hormone, which is usually associated with high levels of cortisol.

The human body needs the amino acid L-lysine to live, and it is considered safe and non-toxic. But for certain groups of people, particularly those with cardiovascular disease and elevated cholesterol or triglyceride levels it is recommended to consult with a doctor before starting a supplement program, because it may have a tendency to affect those and related health conditions.

Overall, L-lysine has great potential as a treatment option for people with mild or chronic anxiety. The amino acid has no known side effects, unlike many other anxiety medications, and is readily available in vitamin supplements and food sources. The findings from various studies may mean that L-lysine plays a significant role in lowering anxiety levels in those known to have a deficiency of the amino acid, or in those who suspect they have a low diet intake of it. The findings of many medical studies also indicate that the amino acid is effective at eliminating tension-induced anxiety and trait anxiety. Experts say anxiety disorders that lysine could play a role in alleviating include:

• (GAD) Generalized Anxiety Disorder

• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

• Panic Disorder

• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

• (SAD) Social Anxiety Disorder

Another health-related issue can also be treated with this essential amino acid, and that is in cases of herpes, oral and genital. Taking dosages of Lysine, both as an internal supplement, and topically applied to the affected areas prior to or during a herpes outbreak, it can help shorten and lessen the outbreak.

To ensure you are getting a sufficient amount of L-lysine, take it as a supplement or obtain it from different food sources. Some of the major food sources include:

• Red meat, pork and poultry

• Cheese (especially parmesan cheese)

• Fish (mainly cod and sardines)

• Nuts

• Eggs

• Soybeans

• Spirulina

• Fenugreek seed

You can also take the amino acid in vitamin form, which would be recommended for people who are vegetarians or eat very few animal products.

L-lysine has great potential as a possible treatment option for many Americans with occasional or chronic anxiety. It has no known side effects, unlike the majority of anxiety medications, and is easily available in vitamin supplements and sources. Shedding that fear and those attacks, or at least leastening them, could be as easy as adding a supplement or multiple-amino acid supplement to your diet.

There is no need to continue to suffer.

The Amino Acid, Lysine, Can Help Anxiety Naturally by Dale Phillip