Natural Beta Blockers: Herbal Alternatives for Anxiety
Beta-blockers are medications that reduce blood pressure. They do this by blocking the hormone epinephrine, which is otherwise known as adrenaline.
Beta-blockers, as the name suggests, disrupt epinephrine receptors, thereby reducing the reaction that causes your heart to race, your stress response to rise, and your body to get ready for a dangerous situation.
Beta-blockers such as Propranolol work by making your heart beat less forcibly and more slowly, thus reducing your blood pressure. They are also often prescribed to treat anxiety, due to the fact that they reduce your adrenaline, or ‘fight or flight’, response, which, in modern society is often overactive, or even inappropriate to our modern foibles and threats.
Beta-blockers can be cardioselective, which block only specific types of beta or non-cardioselective, which affect beta 1 and beta 2.
Some of our Favorite Natural Beta Blocker Products:
Gaia Herbs Kava Kava
Our top choice
Nature's Way St John's Wort
A trusted option
Solaray's Passion Flower
What are Natural Beta Blockers and why would you want them?
Due to the prevalence of high blood pressure (about 80 million people or 1 in 3 adults) and the veritable epidemic proportions of anxiety, many people are using beta-blockers and some have attempted to seek more natural methods to lower their blood pressure or treat their anxiety.
Some believe that natural beta-blockers can reduce or eliminate your reliance on pharmaceuticals, whilst maintaining the therapeutic benefits. Some natural beta-blockers work in the same way their pharma equivalents, blocking epinephrine.
However, others called cardiotonics, diuretics and vascular tonics, work in a different way, by affecting your blood circulation, retention of water and the blood vessels in your heart.
Natural beta-blockers are becoming increasingly popular as consumers become more health conscious and seek more natural alternatives to possibly damaging pharma products. As well as this general trend, people are searching for more natural alternatives because of the potential side effects of beta blockers, such as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Gastrointestinal problems such as Diarrhea
- Problems with vision
As a result, for many the promise of reduced anxiety, as well as fewer side effects, is too good to resist. Below are a few suggestions of beta-blockers you could try as you search to find the product that is best for you, as well some examples and reviews.
Examples of Natural Beta Blockers
Passion flower – This popular natural beta-blocker is said to be very effective in treating anxiety. As well as this, it is useful for those with heart problems and high blood pressure, as it is known to increase relaxation.
It is known to work to treat insomnia, tension, stress, pain and muscle stiffness. Most take passionflower in capsule form, though it is also available as a liquid.
Arginine – This is an amino acid that can widen your arteries, which has the welcome side effect of lowering blood pressure. Arginine naturally occurs in foods such as nuts, but a supplement will give you a more concentrated effect.
Arginine, though many state it has a number of potentially damaging side effects such as brain toxicity, is widely used to treat a number of vascular disorders.
St John’s Wort – This herb is widely used for anxiety and mild depression, and it gets such positive results that even some medical doctors, and they are loath to admit the efficacy of herbal remedies, prescribe it. St John’s Wort works by raising serotonin and dopamine levels, while reducing adrenaline.
It is also thought to aid the liver in ridding the body of excess estrogen, which can lead to depression, panic attacks and general difficulties with cognition. However, be aware that it can cause photo-sensitivity, so perhaps use sunscreen if you are planning on spending time in the sun.
Kava Kava – This herb acts upon the limbic system, which is the emotional centre of the brain, and also the part of the brain that drives our survival instinct.
Kava Kava helps us manage our fear and anxieties better by acting on the amygdala, and it has been said to improve well-being through a variety of mechanisms, such as increasing serotonin, reducing cortisol and inhibiting the uptake of adrenaline in your brain.
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Natural Beta Blockers Products
Obviously each of the above examples is available in many different forms (capsules, tinctures, liquids, powders, even in the form of tea). However, below we outline some options for you to consider if you are thinking of trying a natural beta-blocker, and give you some idea of what users think of the product.
Passion Flower 350mg - 100 Capsules by Solaray
This package contains 100 350 mg capsules. Customer testimony on his product is generally very good, with users giving it high ratings for effectiveness. Reviewers have been particularly happy about:
- Can treat a variety of psychological disorders: anxiety, PTSD, agoraphobia.
- Reduces tension, e.g. in the muscles.
- Can be used with some other natural beta-blockers, e.g. St John’s Wort.
- May help you to sleep.
- Can reduce restless legs.
One user called the product ‘the real thing’ and claimed that it completely changed their lives: helping them to cope with a multitude of psychological disorders, from minor to extremely serious.
Another said using he the supplement had really helped them to get more restless sleep, and that it had also noticeably reduced their blood pressure. They believe that the product had made a holistic impact on their health, and they had made it part of their everyday regimen.
The most common complaint is that it does not work. One who had taken it for a month said they hadn’t noticed any benefit, whilst another said that it did not help them with their insomnia.
NOW Sports L-Arginine Powder
This supplement is in powder form, as some may believe that a powder supplement is more versatile as it can fit into their lifestyle more effectively: you can use the powder in a smoothie, or even stir it into soups. Again, this product has had pretty positive testimony amongst users, including;
- Well priced
- Improves general blood vessel function
- Reduces blood pressure
- Helps to get ‘pumped’ for a work out
Many of the customers who have used this l-arginine power have said the price is fantastic, and that it is excellent value for money. Another user claimed that they were able to cease taking their regular beta-blockers for their blood pressure, as the supplement was so effective in reducing their blood pressure.
The main draw back with this product seems to be the taste. Many users have expressed that l-arginine supplements taste awful (in fact, this is a sign that it is bona fide arginine), and one customer compared the taste to ‘wet rag’.
Some have found this too much, and have discontinued the supplement, though others say it is easy to mask the taste using juice or by blending it into a smoothie.
Nature's Way St. John's Wort Herb 350mg, 180 VCaps
Nature’s Way is a well-known purveyor of herbal remedies, and they guarantee the quality and purity of their product. Many users have claimed that St John’s Wort is an excellent product for improving your mood, and that it:
- Works for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Is good value
- Is great for mild depression
- Is from a trusted brand
- Convenient size capsule
One customer said that they have often tried supplements, but that all of those that they have tried have not worked. However, with St John’s Wort they found a supplement that actually does what it claimed to do, i.e. treat mood disorders. Others have said that any product from Nature’s Way can be trusted.
Another person who takes St John’ Wort recounts the story of her mom who has mild depression and uses the supplement with great effect. She herself is planning on transitioning from SSRIs to St John’s Wort in the near future as she has seen the effects first hand.
Others have been less enthusiastic, mainly as a result of:
- The lack of effectiveness of the supplement.
- Side effects, e.g. blurry vision.
One user actually said that the capsules, after about a months use, made them feel worse. However, they do seem to be in the minority, as most users noted a positive effect.
Gaia Herbs Kava Kava Root Liquid Phyto-Capsules, 60 Count
The makers of this product claim that it helps to improve mood, increase calm and bring relaxation. Gaia herbs, the makers, produce organic supplements and pride themselves on their natural products. Many users have been impressed with Gaia Herbs’ Kava Kava Root, because:
- It effectively controls stress and anxiety.
- The capsules help users get a good nights sleep.
- Lacking in side effects.
One user who was particularly impressed with this product noted that they are fantastic. A couple of tablets will help you to control your stress levels, whilst a couple more will give you a ‘buzz’. He says that this supplement is the best of its type on the market. He also notes that these are liquid capsules, and that they are probably so successful because Kava Kava is not water soluble.
Others noted some negative side effects, such as:
- Gastro intestinal issues like diarrhea.
- Hinders sleep.
- Doesn't work.
One user summed up his complaints with one word: ‘lame’, whilst others have said that the product simply did not work. Others have described it as a ‘waste of money’.
Some consumers have been very positive, whilst others have been less so. In all probability, each individual will have a different experience with any supplement. The best way to see if it works for you is to try it.
Superior Labs Pure L-Theanine Non GMO, No Additives - 250mg, 90 Vegetable Capsules
The reviews for this product have been almost overwhelmingly positive, with over 90% of consumers givin g a 4 or 5 star review. The main things that customers have identified abou this product are;
- Increases productivity
- Helps you get restful sleep naturally
- Can possibly treated mental disorders
- Reduces anxiety and stress
The to be improved:
- Left a bitter aftertaste
- Didn’t work for some
- Some have reported tiredness after using
One customer for example outlined that they had been using a famous antidepressant for while to help them sleep. However, when they started to use l-theanine, they were able to stop taking this pill and get to sleep naturally.
Another user testifies to the efficacy of this product as a natural beta blocker, claiming that it has replaced a range of pharmaceuticals including anti-anxiety medication, and they now feel calm and relaxed, without the potential side effects of the pills they were formerly taking.
Organic Ashwagandha Root Powder 1200mg - 120 Veggie Capsules - Ashwaganda Supplement
This supplement contains black pepper extract for increased absorption, which is completely natural, and the makers believe it is the best Ashwaganda supplement on the market. Users are also positive, and they particularly have drawn attention to;
The positive effects on anxiety and depression:
- Helps with pain caused by fibromyalgia
- Can help with ADHD
- The calming effect of the supplement
One user for example said that they had switched from prescription antidepressants to the supplement because of a fear of the side effects, and that the effects on their anxiety had been profound, without any noticeable side effects.
Another user said that it had worked so well for them that they decided to try the supplement for their son with ADHD. The result? Much improved behavior and performance in school, according to their son’s teachers.
Designs for Health - Inositol - 900mg, Restful Sleep + Mood Support, 120 Capsules
Customer reviews for this natural beta-blocker have been almost unequivocally good, with very little that is in any way negative. Customers particularly love;
- The calming effect of the supplement
- That it is non-drowsy
- Helps ease depression
One customer did not that it kept them awake, but they did also point out that it had the desired effect, namely that it calmed them and reduced their anxiety. Other uses have all praised the product, particularly its ability to help them alleviate their mental health problems, particularly anxiety and depression.
Dr. Tobias Omega 3 Fish Oil Triple Strength, Burpless, Non-GMO, NSF-Certified, 180 Counts
This is a very popular supplement, one of the best selling in its category. It is 2000mg, and is reputedly at least 3 times stronger than other supplements of this type. Over 90% of a very large number of users have given positive reviews of this product, and have cited in particular that;
- Does make you burp, as some fish oil supplements can
- Helps with arthritis and other joint problems
- Helps keep your heart healthy
One user for example outlined how they started to use this fish oils supplement for general health and wellbeing, but were surprised at the tangible impact the supplement had, for example on their lipid profile, which could be seen during annual check-ups at the doctors.
Another use noted the effect of this product on their husband’s heart health, saying that prior to taking the product they had experienced a number of symptoms (chest pain, numbness in the arm), which indicated a healthy heart.
A very tiny minority of people who have used this product have said;
- Their breath smelled of fish afterwards
- Contains soy
- Causes gastrointestinal discomfort
Bacopa Supplement. 90 Veggie Caps Full Spectrum Organic Bacopa Monnieri & Concentrated Herb Extract
Bacopa is normally used to improve focus, and most users use it for this purpose. However, the makers do point out that the supplement also supports the neurotransmitters in charge of calmness and relaxation. Users have noted that this product;
- Improves concentration as much as famous prescription drugs
- Improves memory
- Can ease the pain caused by fibromyalgia
- Easy swallow capsules
There is a lot of positive testimony from customers about the cognitive benefits of Bacopa. For example, one user said that they swore by the pills, and they even started to give the supplement to their father who was suffering from Alzheimers.
They claimed this resulted in greater lucidity, improved memory and other positive effects. Another user said that it helped them to recover after a stroke, and that it helped them think more clearly and improved their recall.
Some, though these are in a very small minority, have said that;
- It didn’t have any positive effects
- Had some negative effects
5-HTP 200 mg Supplement - 120 Capsules - Arazo Nutrition
This is one of the most popular 5-HTP supplements on the market. It is natural, and it FDA approved. Customers particularly like;
- The positive effects on depression
- The ability to reduce anxiety and induce a sense of calm
- The way it helps aid restful sleep
- That it will possibly aid in weight loss
One user outlined their experiences with the supplement, saying that it helped them feel a sense of peace and relaxation straight after they had taken it. It also helped them to be more productive in their job, and they also are able to fall asleep much more quickly at night.
The icing on the cake is that the supplement also helped them to lose weight. In fact, this customer felt so strongly about the efficacy of the product that they began to hand out free samples to their friends. High praise indeed!
Very few people have identified any negative points to this supplement. However, a very small number have said that the product did not have any effects, and other have noted gastrointestinal discomfort as a result of taking it.
Rhodiola Rosea Supplement 600mg - 120 Capsules Siberian Root Extract 3% Rosavins & 1% Salidroside
This capsule is 100% vegan and is marketed as a way to reduce stress and improve focus. About 95% of users have been incredibly positive about the supplement, particularly;
- Its effects in improving stamina
- That is lowers stress
- How it increases energy
- It’s calming and anti-anxiety effect
One user claims that they have tried a number of other treatments, and that this is the most effective, despite having no side effects. It helps them to cope with a stressful job, and is now an integral part of their healthcare regimen.
Another user discusses the way in which the supplement has revolutionized their life, and has allowed them to manage their anxiety to such an extent that they had almost forgotten what it was like to feel anxious.
Only a tiny minority of consumers had a negative word to say about this product, but some did not feel that the product had any beneficial effects. However, it has to be noted that this supplement received extremely positive reviews form most users.
NOW Lavender Oil, 1- Ounce
This natural beta-blocker comes in the form of an essential oil, which can be diffused in the air or applied to a warm bath. Customers have said that this product;
- Reduces anxiety
- Aids in restful sleep
- Smells great
- Can help in wound healing
Many users of this product have been full of praise for the product’s scent, with one describing it as ‘delicious’, whilst others have described how the oil helps them to relax. Another claimed that it reminded them of having a relaxing massage whenever they used it, and that it helped them to get to sleep quickly and restfully, and could be used around the house as a room freshener.
A very small number of people have claimed that they believe that the quality of the product is not the highest, and that the scent is not what they are used to. However, another user pointed out that lavender comes in many different varieties, and therefore this is probably the result of this oil being of a different variety to the type that they are used to.
Natural Vitality Natural Calm Magnesium Anti Stress, Organic, Raspberry Lemon, 4oz
This lemon flavored magnesium supplement is in the form of a drink and it is said to have a number of positive effects, such as supporting a healthy immune system, keeping your bones strong, and promoting normal blood pressure. Users have said that the product;
- Helps to keep users calm and reduces anxiety and depression
- Reduces inflammation
- Aids restful sleep
- Helps to promote bowel regularity
One user who has always found it difficult to get to sleep and was always reluctant to take sleeping pills outlined the effectiveness of this supplement in helping them to get more restful sleep. They said that after 15 minutes, they felt more relaxed, and then 15 minutes after that, they could fall asleep easily.
Another user said that after a class in college about magnesium deficiency they realized how effective it could be in reducing anxiety. They thus recommended this product to their boyfriend when they started suffering from anxiety, and they started to see major differences in three days.
Though in the main reviews of this product have been really positive, you need to be aware that a small minority of reviewers have claimed that the packaging has been compromised and that the product has been opened on arrival.
The testimony for natural beta-blockers is in the main positive, and, given the risk of side effects from their pharmaceutical equivalents, it is no wonder that more and more people are trying them.
Be aware though that they are by no means miracle workers, that they too possibly come with side effects, and that many foods, such as red meat, seafood and green vegetables, amongst others, will give you similar, if admittedly less potent, effects.
Likewise, you may want to consult a medical professional if your blood pressure is extremely high or your anxiety is serious. There is nothing to stop you from trying these products, and positive consumer testimony and burgeoning research suggests they just might work!