Health Watch - Supplements: Stress Vitamins

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about when you may need to take nutritional supplements and what you need to know if you take them. Looking at the vitamin shelf in the store can be confusing. It seems like there’s a different formula for every problem – even stress. Can the right vitamins help you cope with stress?

Stress vitamins usually contain B vitamins like thiamin, niacin and riboflavin. But Dr. Scott Grundy, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says these vitamins aren’t for the kind of stress that comes with deadlines and pressure. They’re for physical stress, like recovering from surgery or an injury. That’s because the B vitamins play a vital role in energy metabolism, and the body needs additional energy to heal. Psychological stress doesn’t make you need more energy or nutrition. However, a well-balanced, nutritious diet is important for helping you deal with stress of all kinds.           


May 2011

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