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Which Nutritional Supplements Are Best for Stress Reduction?

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Which Nutritional Supplements Are Best for Stress Reduction?

The effects of stress on your body go even deeper than making you feel bad—too much stress that continues unmanaged can do serious damage.

Chronic stress triggers inflammation, which can increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, development of visceral fat (the deep fat among the internal organs) and more. Inflammation is the body's response to potential harm, as it occurs when the body releases white blood cells to fend off bacteria, viruses and other foreign bodies.

How can you strengthen your body to battle against stress? Stress management techniques, particularly exercise, can help you keep stress under control. But getting plenty of anti-inflammatory vitamins can also build up your body's strength against stress.

The Role of Supplements
You can help build your body's defenses against stress by feeding it the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients it needs to protect itself.

Obviously stress is a part of life, but what you can do is have the body as strong and healthy as possible in order to manage stress. A good healthy diet can do that. But let's be real—most of us simply don't manage to eat all of the nutrients we need every day.

Supplements are not replacements for anything. They're no magic bullet. But, a good, well-balanced multivitamin is a great place to start as far as putting the body in a position to handle stress. The rights supplements can help keep the immune system healthy so that your body doesn't succumb to the physical effects, like inflammation, of stress.

Inflammation-Fighting Nutrients
Vitamin D and omega-3 are very important nutrients to help lower systemic inflammation. Unfortunately, about 80 percent of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. You can get vitamin D naturally, which is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, simply by treating yourself to a little time in the sun—in short bursts to avoid skin damage.

And most people are also deficient when it comes to omega-3, which Whitthorne classifies as "the healthiest fat." Omega-3 is found in fatty fish like trout, sardines, salmon and mackerel, but most of us don't eat fish often enough to get the omega-3 we need.

Not only is it important to make sure your body gets these essential nutrients, you need to get the appropriate amounts of it. For vitamin D, Cooper Clinic physicians recommend a minimum of 2,000 international units per day; for omega-3, it's between 1,000 and 2,000 milligrams of EPA and DHA (types of omega-3) together.

We know how important a healthy diet is to protecting our health, but now you know its role in defending against the effects of stress. Work hard to eat your way to better health, reduced inflammation and lower stress. However, if you fall a little short, know that a good supplement can help your body fight back against stress.

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