Five Vitamins That Help Relieve Stress

Are there 5 vitamins to help reduce stress? There are 5 and then some, along with other ideas to reduce daily stress.

Five Vitamins That Help Relieve Stress

If only there were a "magic pill" to relieve stress - or as the title of this article suggests - if there were 5 such pills!While none of us will ever find the complete stress relief solution, suggestions are always welcomed.

Just for a moment, let us count the ways that we already know can help in daily stress relief:

1. Eat a healthy diet

2. Exercise

3. Get enough sleep

4. Reduce the intake of caffeine

5. Meditate or some form of self-imposed "quiet time"

6. Remove the causes of stress, to the extent possible (e.g., change jobs, disassociate from toxic relationships or people, implement better time management or personal organization)

7. "Talk therapy" with a professional counselor or close friend who is a good listener"¦

"¦and, if you hear your mother talking in the background"¦take your vitamins! Are there specific vitamins that can help with stress reduction (in addition to eating a healthy diet)?Yes.But like any "solution," vitamins work best when taken along with incorporating other stress reducers into your daily routine.

Medical studies have shown that people suffering from high levels of stress often have lower levels of B-Complex vitamins in their system.Whether the stress lowers the levels or the lower levels contribute to the stress is yet another question.The answer, however, is obvious.Increasing levels of B-Complex vitamins can help.

B-Complex vitamins include B1 (improves mood and is vital to nerve function); B3 (regulates sleep); B6 (for optimum production of serotonin); and, B12 (helps produce "feel good" brain chemicals).

Vitamin A helps to clean up the system of toxins that naturally deplete energy levels.Low energy levels can contribute to stress because of the decrease in the energy we need to manage our own stress.

Vitamin C is also used up quickly during stressful situations, and in addition, a Vitamin C deficiency can contribute to feelings of anxiety and irritability, resulting in a vicious cycle of stress.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which helps control the production of free radicals in our bodies, which can be harmful.The production of free radicals in the system is natural, and sometimes occurs as part of the disease prevention process in order to neutralize viruses and bacteria.However, sometimes unnatural factors increase the production of free radicals - things such as pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, and chemicals and herbicides.Our bodies require an adequate influx of antioxidants to combat overproduction of harmful free radicals.Damage from free radicals also increases with age.

Pantothenic acid affects the activity of the adrenal glands, which play a very important role in our responses to stress.

In the best of all possible worlds, our diets would be so well-rounded and healthy that all of our vitamin needs would be provided through our regular diet.Of course, in the best of all possible worlds, we wouldn't have stress to deal with. Sad, but true, but that is just not going to happen.

Simply loading yourself up with megadoses of vitamins and/or antioxidants is not the answer either. If you haven't been in the habit of taking a good multi-vitamin on a daily basis, try that first.You will certainly be ahead of the game, and you can let "One-A-Day" or "Centrum" do the homework for you.If you prefer to take specific vitamin therapy individually, be sure to purchase quality products.Frequently, employees in health food stores or your local pharmacist can provide a wealth of information and help you to spend your dollars wisely.

So, are there 5 vitamins that help relieve stress?Yes, there are 5, and then some.We have discussed Vitamin A, Vitamin B (in several variations), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Pantothenic acid.There are other vitamins and minerals that will contribute to a healthy body and mind.

Don't forget, however, there is no "magic pill."In order to best attack your stress, you must make some commitments to adopt real changes in your life and/or lifestyle.So, sit down, relax, take a look at the list of suggestions above"¦and, take your vitamins!

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