Panic attacks can be frightening and debilitating. Research is being done to see what the underlying mechanism is and what, if anything, can be done to help support the body.
Researchers had 21 people admitted to the ER with a panic attack and 20 volunteers, acting a control group, to have their blood drawn to measure various vitamins and minerals. They found that those with panic attacks had significantly lower levels of vitamin B6 and iron than control volunteers.
The study authors suggest that these nutrients are needed to make serotonin and that low serotonin levels are associated with panic attacks.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Research and nutritional information included is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease and should not be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. Consult your physician before initiating any new dietary or supplement program. References available by request.