Stress and Your Brain

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As the new year begins and we all redouble our efforts at work and at home our stress levels may naturally rise.  We all deal with stress, but excessive and chronic levels of stress have numerous health effects including psychiatric disorders.  One way the body counters this is with antioxidants.

Researchers wanted to see if there was a relationship between antioxidant levels in persons with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or depression.  Eighty people with either GAD or depression had their blood drawn to test for levels of vitamins C, E and beta carotene.

Compared to a control group they were significantly lower in all three vitamins.  They were then given those vitamins as supplements for 6 weeks and then retested.  Depression and anxiety scores were significantly lower.  One of the supplements we recommend at Sundrops is Renewal Antioxidant, which includes all three of the vitamins included in this study.

 Indian J Psychiatry. 2012 Jul;54(3):244-7.

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