Can Vitamin C Help With Stress & Depression?

Yes it can, very much so, vitamin C plays a crucial role in regulating and supporting your mood, emotions and mental health.

Studies have shown that people who have low vitamin C levels or have a significant deficiency, found that their overall mood and sense of well being increased after supplementing their diet with vitamin C.

Having low levels of vitamin C appears to put people more at risk from suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, disrupted sleep and fatigue.

Ensuring your vitamin C levels are adequate is important whether you suffer from any of the above disorders or not, taking a vitamin C supplement helps to maintain and keep your mood and emotions stabilized.

It’s really important that you take this into consideration just as seriously as any other aspect of your immune system and overall physical health.

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The urgency in taking care of your mental health has never been more pressing.

I’ve suffered from depression in the past and know just how devastating it can be to your emotional, physical and spiritual health, it affects your whole being in such a way that it can be extremely difficult to get you back.

Studies Show

The US National Library of Medicine have over the past 30 years done more than 300 studies on stress and the ability to fight infection and disease.

The study concluded that psychological challenges have a detrimental impact on the immune system inhibiting it’s proper function which can lead to stress, anxiety and depression which in turn can and will lead to physical illness and disease.

Vitamin C and Cortisol one of the hormones your body produces naturally work together to support something that is called hemodynamic function. (making sure blood flows throughout all the organs and tissues of the body).

This process is crucial to emotional and mental health as your brain is the major organ and driving force of your whole body.

Along with anthropoid apes, we as human beings have long-lost our ability to naturally produce sufficient amounts of vitamin C naturally.

This evolutionary factor has rendered our natural stress response somewhat lacking, in addition to an under performing immune system and that’s before we even start.

Many studies have actually shown that vitamin C can and does have an effect in reducing the symptoms arising from stress, depression, anxiety, disturbed sleep and fatigue.

Here are two more studies, both are very interesting reads, The Effects of Oral Vitamin C Supplementation and The Role of Vitamin C in Stress-Related Disorders.

Hormones & Neurotransmitters

Vitamin C makes it’s contribution by supporting the formation, production and maintenance of neurotransmitters and hormones.

There are 2 different types of these signaling chemicals and are present in both human and animals.

Neurotransmitter’s

These are chemical messengers called neurons that facilitate communication between the cells, organs and muscles in your body and your brain and are only found in humans and animals.

As part of the nervous system neurons respond immediately to any messages received and action is instantly relayed back to the target cells.

Neurotransmitters acts as a sort of circuit transmitter, constantly communicating and sending messages to and from your brain and your nerve cells throughout the body.

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Receptors receive these messages & once processed forwards it on to the next neuron.

Neurotransmitters include stress responses and mood stabilizers such as serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine and norphaminephrine,  more commonly known as Adrenalin or adrenaline, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and glycine.

Hormones

Your body is able to produce hormones naturally along with plants, Response is not immediate and can take anything from a few minutes to a few days.

Unlike neurotransmitters, hormones are produced in the endocrine system and are then released into the bloodstream.

Catecholamines, commonly known as Stress Hormones are produced in the two adrenal glands, each one situation at the top of each kidney.

Epinephrine and norphaminephrine,  more commonly known as Adrenalin or adrenaline reasonable for the ‘fight or flight’ response are also produced and secreted via the adrenal glands.

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Emotions such as anger or fear triggers epinephrine (also know as adrenaline) to be released into the blood stream which causes an increase in heart rate, muscle strength, blood pressure, and sugar metabolism.

In any stressful situation the kidneys have work harder to produce an extra surplus of catecholamines, this inevitably means that an extra boost of vitamin C is needed each time for them do their job effectively.

If you are in a constant state of stress, anxiety, depression or disturbed sleep your energy levels will be depleted and you will find yourself  running on empty pretty much most of the time.

This really is not a good state for your body to be in for any excessive length of time as it can and will lead to poor physical and worsening mental health problems.

Reproduction Hormones

Vitamin C also aids in the production of hormones that are critical to the reproduction, growth and development of both male and female, producing testosterone in males and estrogen in females.

For females in particular, from puberty, to pregnancy, to the change we go through later in life, your hormones can be all over the place which can have a massive impact on your mood, emotions, relationships and mental health.

Keeping your vitamin C levels up is really important as it can really help alleviate  many of the negative symptoms, which at times can be a really confusing and worrying chapter of ones life.

Stress!

Stress is one of the major factors in the weakening of our immune systems so you need to pay close attention to your moods, reactions, emotions and feelings, it’s really important that you take care of yourself.

Getting stressed out and feeling overwhelmed with life is part and parcel of the new norm, considering all that we went through in 2020.

There’s a real urgency moving forward into 2021 that you recognize and address any problems you may have or are developing in both your physical and mental health.

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It;s important to take your mental health as seriously as you do your physical health too.

Stress can kill, it can also go undetected too, stress does not just present itself with a crash, bang, wallop!

Some people carry on regardless, trying desperately to keep their chin up, holding their feelings and emotions in, not wanting to worry their other half, family or friends.

So look out for the signs in the ones you love too, help them by reaching out, letting them know that you are there for them and they are not on their own can really help, we all need more of that right now.

How I’ve Learned to Cope With Stress

It’s been a tough few years for me never mind with COVID and Lock-downs turning up uninvited into the picture, that came as an bonus!!

I began to seriously up my game by supplementing my diet in March 2020 when COVID 19 hit the headlines.

I now make sure I supplement my diet with a Vitamin C supplement every day.

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I make sure I take Vitamin C everyday, especially during these long winter months.

I also take other vitamins and minerals supplements as well as making sure my diet is well-balanced and varied and make sure I am fully hydrated at all times.

Although I eat a varied diet, my appetite has always been quite poor, something I really need to work on, exercise is important too, helps to build a healthy appetite and helps with sleep, another thing I need to work on. (I will X:-).

Winter Doesn’t Help

Living in colder climates that experience short dark days, and long cold winter months doesn’t help.

Getting very little sunlight in combination with tall the COVID-19 restrictions, gyms and recreation facilities being closed and on top of that the constant lock downs and isolation have made it things so much worse.

Winter, particularly during and after the Christmas holidays is normally quite a stressful time of year anyway without the added heartache of families being separated social distancing measures we experienced this past Christmas.

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Many people find themselves struggling financially after the Christmas holidays.

The bills, credit cards and debt need paying back after the big spend, as well as dealing with business closures and job losses and school closures, it’s been a tough time for everyone adults, young people and children alike.

As you move into 2021 which is guaranteed to be a very different year in a very different world, there is understandable lots of fear, anxiety, uncertainty and even confusion.

The best cause of action you can take right now is to ensure you are ready and prepared for what ever comes next and that has to start with making sure YOU are OK, in the best way you possible can, mentally, physically and spiritually.

Avoid Being Sucked In

With all the noise going on out there in the internet of things, from the government, the news, social media, from family, friends, work colleagues and bosses.

It’s easy to get pulled in, this way or that, I find it best to go my own way,seek my own information and do my own ‘fact checking’.

I also, like most of us know the difference between Love and Hate, Right and Wrong, Good and Evil and I go with that.

Be Your Own Distraction

I avoid being sucked in by the news, I hardly engage in social media, having just deleted my main Facebook page and when I do engage it’s to give out positive vibes and helpful information.

I also read lots, one of my passions, it’s a great way to take a break and your mind of whats going on out there in the world.

I’m also on a learning splurge, it’s now a part of my daily routine, it’s important to keep your mind and thoughts occupied, and helps me avoid being distracted by negative news being churned out constantly on every online platform it seems.

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Whether brushing up on old skills or learning something new will help prepare you for the future.

I decided to make use of the time stuck at home by improving my skill set and keeping an eye on developments so that I am able to navigate this new world the best way I can with the least stress as possible.

I intend to be well prepared for what ever may come next and I hope you will be too.

About Mitch in Bermuda, Founder of Immune System Explained.com

 

Mitch X:-).

*Please note the information contained in this post is intended for the purpose of general information and should not be used as a substitute for the individual expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals.