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The following pages provide an overview of the most recent research and clinical studies about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting Stress. This collection of scientific facts proves that anyone who privately or publicly questions the health value of micronutrients does not serve YOUR health, or the health of the people, but rather the multi-billion dollar investment 'business with disease' based on patented pharmaceutical drugs.

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The effect of 90 day administration of a high dose vitamin B-complex on work stress.

Source: Human Psychopharmacology 2011; 26(7):470-6.

Author: Stough C, Scholey A, Lloyd J, Spong J, Myers S, Downey LA.

Affiliation: Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract: Occupational stress is increasing in Western societies and the impact is significant at a personal, organisational and community level. The present study examined for the first time the efficacy of 3 months administration of two forms of high dose vitamin B complex on mood and psychological strain associated with chronic work stress. Sixty participants completed the 3-month, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial in which personality, work demands, mood, anxiety and strain were assessed. After individual differences in personality and work demands were statistically controlled, the vitamin B complex treatment groups reported significantly lower personal strain and a reduction in confusion and depressed/dejected mood after 12 weeks. There were no treatment-related changes in other measures of mood and anxiety. The results of the study are consistent with two previous studies examining multivitamin supplementation and personal (non-work) feelings of strain and suggestive of significant decreases in the experience of workplace stress after 90 day supplementation of a B multivitamin. Conclusion: Given the direct and indirect costs of workplace stress, these findings point to the utility of a cost-effective treatment for the mood and psychological strain effects of occupational stress. These findings may have important personal health, organisational and societal outcomes given the rising cost and incidence of workplace stress.

Fish oil and neurovascular reactivity to mental stress in humans.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23408034

Author: Carter JR, Schwartz CE, Yang H, Joyner MJ.

Affiliation: Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, USA

Abstract: Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil have been suggested to protect against cardiovascular disease, yet underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Despite the well-documented link between mental stress and cardiovascular risk, no study has examined neural cardiovascular reactivity to mental stress after fish oil supplementation. The authors hypothesized that fish oil would blunt the blood pressure, heart rate (HR), and muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) responsiveness to mental stress and/or augment limb vasodilation associated with mental stress. Blood pressure, HR, MSNA, forearm vascular conductance (FVC), and calf vascular conductance (CVC) responses were recorded during a 5-min mental stress protocol in 67 nonhypertensive subjects before and after 8 wk of fish oil (n = 34) or placebo supplementation (n = 33). Fish oil blunted HR reactivity to mental stress but did not alter blood pressure reactivity to mental stress. Fish oil blunted total MSNA reactivity to mental stress but did not alter MSNA burst frequency and burst incidence reactivity. Finally, fish oil significantly blunted CVC reactivity to mental stress but did not alter FVC reactivity. In conclusion, 8 wk of fish oil supplementation significantly attenuated both HR and total MSNA reactivity to mental stress and elicited a paradoxical blunting of calf vascular conductance. These findings support and extend the growing evidence that fish oil may have positive health benefits regarding neural cardiovascular control in humans.