Vitamin C: Stress Buster


Vitamin C is already everybody's favorite nutritional supplement, linked, however mostly, to preventing the common cold and fighting cancer. 

But recent studies demonstrate that vitamin C reduce both the physical and psychological effects of stress on people. 

People who have high levels of vitamin C do not show the expected mental and physical signs of stress when subjected to acute psychological challenges. 

Even more, they bounce back from stressful situations faster than people with low levels of vitamin C in their blood.

In one study German researchers subjected 120 people to a sure-fire stressor—a public speaking task combined with math problems. Half of those studied were given 1,000 mg of vitamin C. Such signs of stress as elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol and high blood pressure were significantly greater in those who did not get the vitamin supplement. Those who got vitamin C reported that they felt less stressed when they got the vitamin.

The researchers believe that vitamin C should be considered an essential part of stress management.

Earlier studies showed that vitamin C abolished secretion of cortisol in animals that had been subjected to repeated stress. Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenal glands in response to stress. In case of chronic stress once cortisolgets (stays) into the bloodstream, it is responsible for devastating health problems in to all parts of the body and mind.

Vitamin C is present in fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and red and green peppers. One eight-ounce glass of fresh orange juice provides 97 milligrams of the vitamin.

It's also found in papayas, cantaloupes, strawberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, asparagus and parsley. 

An unstable substance, vitamin C is destroyed by cooking and exposure to light.

Bad news – most of the fruit and vegetables do not contain necessary amount of nutrients and vitamins anymore. 

The only option to provide our bodies with the necessary vitamins and vitamin C in particular is from health supplements. 

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