A is for Antioxidants and Anxiety

Today’s ramblings are all about the antioxidant nutrients Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E to help with anxiety.

One particular research study found that people with generalised anxiety disorder have significantly lower levels of Vitamin A (beta-carotene), Vitamin C and Vitamin E, all of which have antioxidant properties. And after six weeks of supplementing with these vitamins, researchers observed a significant increase in the blood levels of these nutrients, and the anxious patients experienced a significant reduction in their anxiety. Researchers have also found that taking both Vitamin C and Vitamin E together reduces anxiety whilst several other studies have shown that high dose Vitamin C can decrease anxiety.

In addition to getting Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables, you can take a good food-grade Vitamin C supplement but stop as soon as you get to bowel tolerance and reduce your dose until normal stools resume!! Please speak with a qualified nutritionist for advice.

Good food sources of Vitamin E include almonds, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados, olive oil, sunflower seeds and butternut squash. And for Vitamin A, you should get enough from food, such as grass-fed beef liver, pastured egg yolks, grass-fed butter/ghee, carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach and broccoli.

Antioxidants have plenty of benefits for the body but when specifically linked to anxiety they can also help to reduce your body’s main stress hormone – which can only be a good thing if you are a stressed individual (and who isn’t in these modern times).

So, I’m off to ‘eat the rainbow’ from a few portions of fruit and vegetables – which is easy to do with a lovely salad on a hot day.

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