Considering what a great number of people all over the world have panic and hyperventilation attacks, many researchers and scientists have dedicated themselves to trying to understand better these conditions, i.e. what causes them to occur.
One Japanese study offers an essential insight into the relation between mental health and nutritional deficiencies, showing that low serum concentrations of iron and vitamin B6 are related to panic and hyperventilation attacks.
In order to clarify the pathophysiology of panic and hyperventilation attacks, the research team analyzed the serum levels of iron and vitamins B2, B6, and B12 in 21 patients with hyperventilation episodes and panic attacks. After measuring each parameter in the patients, the researchers compared the measurements with data from 20 healthy volunteers.
What they found was that iron and vitamin B6 levels were considerably lower in the patients who were suffering from panic and hyperventilation attacks than in the volunteers.
The authors of the study also explained that both PA (panic attack) and HVA (hyperventilation attack) are clinically considered as psychiatric disorders caused by factors, such as stress, anxiety, or depression.
However, the exact cause which triggers a PA or HVA hasn’t been identified yet. But, from a neurobiological perspective, reduced serotonin level is known as one of the triggers of PA and HVA. Why is this important?
Serotonin, also known as the happy hormone, is synthesized from tryptophan. Both vitamin B6 and iron play an essential role in the synthesis. So, when there’s a reduction in iron and Vit B6 levels, this can suppress the progression of the synthesis of serotonin.
While the study showed that vitamin B6 and iron deficiencies are involved in PA and HVA, the authors of the study still acknowledged that “further studies are needed to clarify the mechanisms involved in such differences.”
Nonetheless, the study findings undeniably present an important step in understanding potential causes of panic and hyperventilation attacks.
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