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VITAMINS and HERBS

Although vitamins are not an actual energy source, they do regulate the body’s use of minerals, which go into the production of energy. Their presence is absolutely essential for proper cell and tissue metabolism, and their growth and preservation. Some of the principal vitamins are A, B and B complex, C, D, E, and K. Each of these vitamins play a particular role in their importance to particular systems and organs of the body, such as glandular, respirator, hormonal, kidney, liver, sense organs, and so forth. Some are important to all.

Vitamins play a role in our overall resistance to disease and play an important role in your tolerance for stress. Every organ and system of our body is effected when we are under stress. Under normal living conditions, our body uses vitamins in small quantities. Under stressful conditions, our rate of metabolism is accelerated and our overall vitamin supply is used more rapidly than is normal. Vitamins that are closely connected with building and maintaining stress resistance are C and B vitamins. Under prolonged low levels of stress we are more susceptive to disease and illnesses due to depletion of these water-soluble vitamins.

Vitamin C fights disease-causing free radicals, boosts immune function and keeps blood cholesterol from turning into plaque. Vitamin B is critical to the immune system and is directly associated with mental, brain, and nerve functioning. It maintains hormonal balance in women and is needed for manufacturing hormone-like substances (prostaglandins) that are essential to the body’s natural pain management. Minerals that augment the potency of B vitamins are iron, magnesium, and manganese.

Unlike other standard organic nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins) we consume, the body cannot synthesize vitamins when it is vitamin-deficient. This is unfortunate because vitamins are so much more easily destroyed through food preparation. A single cooking can sometimes destroy fifty percent or more of the vitamin nutrients of foods we eat. You can imagine the overall loss when food is overly seasoned, re-cooked, microwaved, or reheated.

In our hurry-scurry urban life, it is difficult for the average person to get enough vitamins from his daily diet. When under stress, we pay less attention to the nutritional content and value of what we eat, and junk foods, fast foods, sweets, and alcoholic beverages appear more attractive. Because of these factors and the ever-growing decrease in the nutritional value of foods we consume, it becomes increasingly important to supplement your diet with extra vitamins.

Vitamins are food supplements and should not be substituted for a good healthy diet. Additionally they should not be taken on an empty stomach. You should consult your physical before using vitamins in heavy dosage or taken in conjunction with medications you are taking on a long-term basis.

Vitamin-B and B-complex vitamins tend to top the list for stress resistance vitamin supplements. They help regulate the body’s response to stress and promote a healthy nervous system. They play key roles in neurotransmitter synthesis and are essential to maintain balanced levels of serotonin, nor epinephrine, and dopamine that regulate our mood. Deficiencies in B-vitamins may cause symptoms related to anxiety and depression that include fatigue, sleep difficulty, stress, nervousness, and anxiety and depressive states.

Important mineral supplements that have been identified as effective in the arsenal of stress supplements are Zinc and Magnesium. Zinc is found in almost every cell of the body. Numerous clinical trails have concluded that depression is directly connected with low blood-zinc levels in the body. Further, many studies have suggested that zinc has a strong possibility of possessing anti-depressant activity and may be a beneficial supplement for those currently taking anti-depressants that are related emotional disturbances and depression.

Low levels of magnesium in the blood stream, like zinc, has been directly connected stress symptoms of depression and anxiety. It has also been associated with hyper-emotionality, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, light-headedness and nervous fits. Increasing ones consumption of these minerals can assist in safeguarding against these stress related symptoms.

Herbs frequently used to manage stress and stress symptoms are  Saint-Johns-wort, Valerian, Rhodiola Rosea, Bacopa, Kava Kava Root. They are effective in isolated doses as well as contained in many homeopathic or medicinal alternatives. The most attractive aspect of using herbs for managing stress related symptoms is that they do not carry the side effects and possible addictions of most medications and  drugs.

Saint-John’s-wort is by far the single, most widely used mood-enhancing herb on the market. In clinical trails it has been proven to elevate mood levels by decreasing the uptake of serotonin.  It does this as well, and in the same way as the chemical Valium. Many users of this herb have successfully substituted it for an antidepressant and achieved similar results. Usage of another popular herb, Valerian, has been found to be effective in calming the nerves, relieving anxiety, and promoting better sleep.

Our side links and chosen ads provide valuable leads to many good books and resources available that will suggest proven natural and homeopathic alternatives and supplements for managing stress.



Source: Personalized Stress Management: A Manual for Everyday Life and Work
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