A Little Self-Love.
If you already take a daily multivitamin—add the following benefits to the list of reasons to maintaining the healthy habit: You’ll cut your stress, anxiety, and levels of fatigue, according to new research published in Psychosomatic Medicine.
Researchers in the USA analysed eight studies of 1,300 adults taking a multivitamin supplement for at least 28 days, and found that people who took multivitamins for at least a month enjoyed a 65% and 68% reduction in stress and anxiety, respectively, and reported 73% less fatigue.
|Getting ample quantities of vitamins and minerals improves the function of enzymes that regulate brain processes responsible for mood, and multivitamins provide additional nutrients beyond what you may be getting from your diet, researchers explain.|
Taking multivitamins that supply high doses of B vitamins—some up to five times the recommended daily allowance—is more strongly associated with this mood bump, the study also noted. “B vitamins are used to convert food into energy, produce stress hormones, and help your nervous system function properly,” says registered dietitian Ilyse Schapiro. “That means even normal, everyday stress can deplete the body’s supply of Bs.”
When you don’t get enough vitamins, your body has to work harder to perform simple tasks, which can lead to fatigue and other health problems. Taking multivitamins and keeping a healthy lifestyle can keep you energetic and fit.
Low-dose one-a-day multi-vitamins offer insurance against nutritional deficiencies, but higher-dose products can help you rise above simply being “okay” to achieve optimum health. That may mean having more energy or less stress, or being more alert. Or, maybe it’s a sense of feeling better overall.
“On any given day, if you fall short in one or more nutrients, you’ll fill that gap with a multivitamin,” says Duffy MacKay, ND, vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition and a naturopathic doctor in private practice. It would be impossible to guess whether you’re missing a B vitamin, or C, or a mineral, for example, so the multi covers your bases.
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