How does vitamin C help reduce stress?

Holly Lucille, ND,RN
Health Education

You may think that vitamin C is the vitamin for colds. But in this video, naturopathic doctor Holly Lucille talks about how vitamin C can help not with sniffles and sneezes but with off-the-charts stress levels.

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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