Re: Seredyn and Anxietol
It's completely understandable for you to be concerned. Some herbal supplements have been found to have potentially harmful, even fatal effects (mainly ephedrine). This type of effect, however, is uncommon. In most cases, these supplements will have a minimal effect or no effect at all. It's always best to do extensive research on any substance you put in your body. I think your mother should try to be more supportive & understanding, rather than pushing something when you're only concerned with your own health. Also, you should try to compromise a little and understand things from your mothers perspective. She's only trying to help you and spend a fair amount of time & money trying to do so. Arguing over it isn't going to help. You should try having a calm rational discussion or debate about the matter instead, if possible. Now, lets get to the heart of the matter. Let's take a look at exactly what's in these herbal supplements..
Seredyn contains l-theanine, passion flower extract, valerian, niacinamide, & magnesium taurinate. None of these ingrediants are going to kill or harm you. L-theanine is an amino acid found in green or black tea clinically proven to increase transmission of serotonin, dopamine & GABA, which all help to ease anxiety. L-theanine also has other health benefits, having neuroprotective and tumor inhibiting properties. Whether Seredyn has enough L-theanine to be effective, and if l-theanine itself will be effective for you as an individual is another matter. Passion Flower contains alkaloids that function as MAOI's. Prescription MAOI's are one of the worst anti-depressants you can take, in terms of side effects. However, the type of & potency of the natural MAOI's found in Passion Flower are different. They may or may not be effective, and will most likely not cause any adverse side effects. I've taken passion flower and found it's effects to be barely noticeable. Valerian is an herb that contains chemicals shown to increase GABAergic transmission. Increased GABAergic transmission from prescription medications (i.e. benzodiazepines) is generally the most effective form of treatment for severe anxiety. However, the efficacy of Valerian for treating anxiety disorders has been disputed. The results of clinical trials involving Valerian have been mixed and are inconclusive. The last two ingredients are a vitamin and mineral. None of these ingredients are going to do you any harm whatsoever. They MIGHT relieve your anxiety, or might not. It all depends on the dosage, the quality of these extracts, and how they effect your physiology. It's all highly subjective to say the least, but worth trying since your mother already paid for it.
Anxietol contains a few vitamins & various herbal extracts. These vitamins contribute to the production of certain neurotransmitters that help ease anxiety. Whether having more of these vitamins is going to be enough to help your anxiety is unknown and unlikely, but it certainly can't hurt. As for the herbal extracts, it contains Griffonia simplicifolia & 'bean' extract, which both in turn contain 5-HTP, a precursor to serotonin. I took a supplement containing solely 5-HTP when I was younger, and found it lessened my depression somewhat, but didn't do much for my anxiety. It may however effect you differently. It also contains GABA, which is pretty much useless as GABA can't pass the blood-brain barrier when taken directly/orally. It needs to be produced in your body and indirectly increased by another drug or substance to have any affect on your anxiety. L-theanine is also present in this extract, which I elaborated on earlier. 'Serotain' is a trademarked herbal blend containing more 5-HTP from Griffonia simplicifolia, Juglans regia (walnut), & Musa paradisiacal (banana). 'Sensoril' is there name for an extract of the Ashwagandha plant. Ashwagandha contains various compounds, most of which are inert, some of which may or may not function as an 'adaptogen' similar to ginseng, helping your body cope with physiological stress. None of the compounds in Ashwagandha are known to be toxic and probably won't do much for your anxiety either. Panax ginseng is a common herbal supplement shown to be safe and also functions as an 'adaptogen'. L-tyrosine is a natural non-essential amino acid found in various forms and is a precursor (component) of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, both of which help counteract depression and may help ease anxiety. No studies have been able to confirm this effect in direct correlation with L-tyrosine supplementation. However, some studies have shown it may be effective as an adaptogen and nootropic (increase memory and/or cognition). Vinpoecetine is another commonly used herbal extract and nootropic. It's efficacy has yet to be confirmed, but preliminary evidence (of it's efficacy as a nootropic, not anxiolytic), is promising.
Basically, it's extremely unlikely anything in these supplements will harm you in any way, unless you happen to have some sort of rare allergy to one of the ingredients. There is a fair chance it will help with your anxiety. They'll most likely be at least slightly effective or not effective at all. You won't know until you try them. If you're still concerned about the safety of these supplements, start with low doses (i.e. half of what is indicated on it's label).