The events of the present time have brought about many changes in lifestyles of people. The once slow and fluid way of living has turned into a fast-paced, often frantic run for the office. People are mainly more stressed, more anxious and more depressed than they were 50 years ago.
Fortunately, we can still try to prevent stress from causing permanent damage to our lives by making some slight alterations to our lifestyle and intake of healthy food, doing exercise regularly and taking in Vitamin B complex. In clinical trials conducted to test the effects of Vitamin B complex to people, it was noted that stress was significantly reduced in those who were given the vitamins as compared to those who were given placebo. There was a noted reduction in feelings of emotional strain, confusion and the feeling of being isolated, dejected and depressed.
Why is this so?
Vitamin B complex, particularly folic acid, Vitamins B6 and B12 play an important role in mental function. First, Vitamin B reduces levels of homocystein, an amino acid that is toxic and has been known to increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, the vitamins help in the formation of serotonin and other neurotransmitters that are known to promote feelings of satisfaction.
Second, Vitamin B12 is known to promote energy. Depressed people like those who have been subjected to trauma are observed to keep to themselves and exhibit a lack of energy or strength. Such people are war survivors and survivors of abuse such as Vietnam comfort women. Vitamin B12 is known to help elevate mood conditions and is usually included in their daily supplements.
Of course, intake of Vitamin B complex is only one of many ways to help manage stress and improve mental and emotional health. Considering the stress that one has to go through in every day activities, vitamin intake in the morning is a small thing to do to protect oneself from going crazy.
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