Two Major Vitamins to help Manage Stress & Anxiety
Do you suffer from times of Anxiety, Post Trauma, Work or Life Challenges – Supporting a Healthy Nervous system if of major importance when wanting to rise above these emotions.
There are two major vitamins that you may not have thought Important – Vitamin B & C. These are readily accessible by Eating a Fresh Food Diet.
Often during times of great stress your body will become depleted of certain Vitamins and Minerals.
If it is a chronic condition that you have been suffering from for a while now or you are going through destressing times. You will find it helpful to have the additional support of Herbal and Homeopathic medicines as these help to restore and rejuvenate from organ and tissue level.
Nutritional & Vitamin Supplements
With the proliferation of such health products as vitamin-enriched water, herbal anxiety relief drinks and stress vitamin packets at convenience stores, people are starting to wonder:
“What exactly can vitamins do for me?” Can certain vitamins have positive effects on feelings of anxiety?
I would like to point out here that vitamin enriched drinks have little to no nutritional value and many of the over-the-counter supplements are what is known as a minimal dose therefore having little affect and the other problem if these vitamins are chemically derived they may actually cause more harm than good. There are trusted sources that you will learn about through a pharmacy such as National Pharmacies or from a Health Care Professional who specializes in nutritional supplements.
The link between vitamins, herbs, and anxiety!
How can anxiety be relieved by vitamins and other herbs?
Naturally sourced vitamins, herbal medicines support healing and restoration of the nervous system at what is referred to as organ and tissue level.
There are two specific types of vitamins for anxiety that should be a part of your everyday nutritional input to maintain and obtain Optimal Health.
Vitamin B supports healthy nervous system function and fortifies the body to make it more resilient during periods of overstress and occasional anxiety.
Vitamin C also works as a stress reliever that provides positive support for reduced immune system response caused by emotional stressors: Like feeling anxious, moody, panicky, overwhelmed, teary unable to manage our emotions. Learn relaxation techniques that will help you to feel better in dealing with these.
Vitamin B and Anxiety
B-Vitamins are essential for the functioning of the nervous system, which controls our stress response. Vitamin B for anxiety is therefore important. Our stress response system determines how we feel in the face of everyday stress. The B-vitamin complex is made up of such B vitamins as thiamine (B-1), pyridoxine (B-6), niacin (B-3) and riboflavin (B-2). All of these forms of vitamin B affect anxiety in several ways:
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine): This B vitamin supports healthy cognitive function such as focus and mental sharpness. B1 also alleviates mood changes and a depressed mood caused by everyday stress. Fatigue, a common stress-related problem can also be relieved by supplementing your diet with B1 and other B complex vitamins, which makes it an excellent anxiety vitamin.
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine): Vitamin B6 is an anxiety vitamin that supports healthy immune system and nervous system function. This helps to fortify your body during extended periods of everyday stress, making B6 an excellent anxiety vitamin to add to your wellness plan.
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin): This anxiety vitamin helps lower cortisol levels. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone, and elevated levels of cortisol are linked to any number of physical health issues such as lowered immune system function and weight gain. B3 is also an excellent anxiety vitamin because it strengthens your response to emotional stress and helps the body absorb other important nutrients for better health.
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin): This stress-fighting B vitamin can help ward off headaches and mood changes caused by everyday stress. Vitamin B2 can also help support immune system health, which is often one of the first body systems to be affected by occasional anxiety and overstress.
Other B vitamins that help alleviate stress include vitamins B5, B9, and B12. They also support nervous system health, help the body to maintain healthy lactate levels (which are responsible for anxiety attacks), and provide the body with energy to fight fatigue caused by anxiety and other emotional stress responses.
The vitamin B complex is a group of vitamins essential to any wellness plan because they help to ward off feelings of nervousness, fatigue, nervous tension, irritability and agitation due to occasional anxiety.
Food will always be your Best Medicine
Best Vegetable and Plant Sources for Vitamin B
Certain fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes are good sources of vitamin B; however, they do not contain significant amounts of B12 that is found in meat and dairy foods. Avocado, pomegranate, dates, watermelon, and some berries are especially high in B-complex vitamins. Leafy greens and vegetables such as amaranth, bok choy, Swiss chard, kale, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, squashes and parsnips also contain significant amounts.
Most legumes have a lot of B vitamins; however, soy beans, black-eye peas and edamame contain the highest amounts of B9, also known as folate.
How Vitamin C helps with Anxiety & Oxidative Stress
You may well think of vitamin C, only for its ability to ward off colds and flu. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required by the body for the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage. Vitamin C is also necessary for creating ATP, dopamine, peptide hormones, and tyrosine. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps lessen oxidative stress to the body and is thought to lower cancer risk.
Best Vegetable and Plant Sources for Vitamin C
The best sources of vitamin C are found in citrus fruits especially lemons, grapefruit and oranges: bell peppers, red capsicum, dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, tomatoes, peas, and papayas. Two to Three servings per day of these vegetables and fruit will give you, ample recommended dose of Vitamin C. If you have suffering from a cold or flu then you may wish to increase you daily amount to three to four servings per day.
Special Note: Sourcing your Vitamins from Fresh Wholesome Foods is always more Effective and Beneficial for You than with Supplementation
The Problem with supplements is that in particular these two major vitamins are the most common to be synthetic, these are Dangerous for you Health.
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