Can Immune-Boosting Vitamin C Help Relieve Anxiety?

Can Immune-Boosting Vitamin C Help Relieve Anxiety
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From modern stressors and societal pressures to the hyper-partisan bickering and judgement spewed on social media to even viral pandemics and the resulting bitter disagreements one would have hoped would not have become reality, potential causes of anxiety are all around us.

So what can we do to help us take our own power back and help us fend off anxiety and the negative life effects it brings along with it?

Could it be as simple as supplementing with vitamin C?

Vitamin C is mostly famed for its ability to boost your immune system and fight infections, as well as its high antioxidant capacity.

But it is not often spoken of for an ability to help relieve anxiety.

Perhaps it should be.

In a study whose results were published in 2015 in the journal Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, researchers studied the effects of oral vitamin C supplementation on high school students in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

Over a period of 14 days, they found that vitamin C led to higher vitamin C blood plasma concentration as well as reduced anxiety levels when compared to the placebo.

Why is this?

Many hypothesize that antioxidants may help relieve anxiety and other neuropsychological disorders as they believe oxidative stress may contribute to their development. As vitamin C is itself a powerful antioxidant, this may be one of the reasons for its apparent efficacy in combating anxiety.

More studies are needed to replicate these results and determine optimal supplement or dietary dosages, if appropriate. But this gives us a great head start on finding a vitamin supplement that could be a true jack-of-all-trades in vitamin C.

If you suffer from anxiety or other mental health disorders, be sure to talk to your doctor about what is most appropriate for you before initiating or making any changes to your treatment program.

Thanks for being here and, as always, here’s to your health!

Reference: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26353411/


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2 Comments

  1. A really interesting read and some good advice for me to pass on to some of my colleagues. Thanks for sharing!

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    You bet, Graham. I hope it’s helpful to them!

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