Why are vitamin C supplements recommended during times of stress?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Vitamin C helps to reduce stress because it allows the body to quickly clear out cortisol, a primary stress hormone that increases sugars in the bloodstream. Although helpful in a fight or flight scenario, regularly elevated levels of cortisol in your body suppress normal functioning of the digestive system, reproductive system, and growth processes. Vitamin C helps to regulate cortisol and prevent blood pressure from spiking in response to stressful situations. Grab an orange, a kiwi, or try a supplement of 3,000mg for maximum benefit.

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Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

During times of chemical, emotional, psychological, or physiological stress, the urinary excretion of vitamin C is increased, signifying an increased need for vitamin C during these times. Examples of chemical stressors include cigarette smoke, pollutants, and allergens. Extra vitamin C in the form of supplementation or increased intake of vitamin C-rich foods is often recommended to keep the immune system working properly during times of stress. In certain instances, vitamin C supplementation is the only way to meet the concentrations needed for many health conditions. The RDA for vitamin C is 60 milligrams per day.

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