06/11/2013 06:59 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 18:58 GMT

Battle First Date Anxiety With Vitamins and Supplements?

Dating, and in particular a first date (let's not even begin on blind dates), can be a pretty terrifying experience and can shred the nerves of even the steeliest amongst us. Sweaty palms, twitching legs, the sudden inability to form a coherent sentence; and that's when it's going well! The uncertainty of the situation, combined with a natural instinct to focus on everything that can go wrong, can be overwhelming for many. And for those of us who suffer from anxiety, it can simply be a step too far out of our comfort zone. But whilst the temptation may be to avoid dating altogether, some simple diet and supplement interventions can go a long way in easing anxiety, and form a much better approach for the love life!

Recent research compiled from Healthspan, a UK vitamins and supplements supplier has even gone onto show that taking different vitamins and supplements at various times of day can actually be more beneficial:


For the full version visit Nutrition Expert form Healthspan, here are three vitamins and supplements that could help you and your dating life which have been suggested by leading nutritional therapist Naomi Mead who contributes to Nutrition Expert.

1. B vitamins

Are known to have key importance in both our mental health, and our body's ability to deal with stress. Many experts believe that these vitamins are powerful tools for anxiety relief, and that supplementation may help to ease the symptoms of anxiety. Vitamin B3 plays a vital role in the synthesis of the "happy hormone" serotonin, low levels of which have been associated with low mood, anxiety and low sex drive. Vitamin B5 has an important role in the adrenal glands, which modulate how we cope with stressful situations. Folic acid and vitamin B12 have also been liked with depression and anxiety. To be best utilized by the body, these B vitamins should be taken first thing in the morning with food.

2. Magnesium

Otherwise known as "nature's tranquillizer" nourishes and calms the nervous system and muscles. Supplementing with magnesium may help to ease anxiety, fear, anxiety and restlessness. Taken in combination with calcium at bedtime can also help to aid sleep and prevent nervous tension.

3. Vitamin D

Is another important vitamin for our brain and nervous system, and a deficiency has been linked with both anxiety and depression. Research suggests that vitamin D should be taken with a fat-containing meal for maximum absorption.

So nourish your fears, and most importantly may even enjoy yourself!