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Stress – what can I take for stress?

The majority of my patients describe feeling stress. Stress is tension and that is what we feel in our muscles. But chronic stress is even more severe, in fact, chronic stress is the silent killer of the 21st century. It can increase your risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and many other diseases.

Managing stress through exercise, healthy eating, good sleep hygeine and meditation helps. Did you know that you can also reduce the effects of stress with certain vitamins?

There are a number of vitamins and herbs for reducing stress, these include:

Ashwagandha: An adaptogenic herb that has a calming effect on the body. Some researchers have reported that ashwagandha has a so-called ‘anti-stressor’ effect. Studies have shown that ashwagandha might suppress the increase of the stress hormone cortisol, which can be harmful at high levels. Ashwagandha is in the Wellness Essential for Men (Metagenics) vitamin packets. 

B Vitamins: Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 and folic acid are water soluble.  B vitamins can be depleted through perspiration, a common side effect of stress. B vitamins support the adrenal, neurological and stress-related function.   

Vitamin C: Has been shown to be helpful in treating stress. A study was conducted at the University of Trier in Germany to determine the effects of taking vitamin C during periods of acute psychological stress. The researchers observed that vitamin C helped reduce blood pressure, the stress hormone cortisol, and subjective response to acute psychological stress. 

Serenegen by Metagenics  is a classic, comprehensive herbal stress management formula targeting individuals that are “stressed & wired.” 
www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com to order Serenagen or the wellness Essential for Men vitamins.

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