Vitamin C Fights Stress
More strength to vitamin C's benefits: A study,
conducted on laboratory animals at the University of Alabama, suggests
that doses of vitamin C may help prevent illness by reducing the
production of stress hormones, which tend to suppress the immune system.
The study, presented at the national meeting of the
American Chemical Society and reported in the Medical Tribune (8/24%99),
found that stress hormones could be limited by vitamin C, while immune
response, often compromised by stress, could be maintained.
"If vitamin C is able to block the production of
stress hormones then that would also translate into less immunosuppression
and less susceptibility to debilitation and illness because of stressful
conditions," explains head researcher P Samuel Campbell, PhD.
The researchers also pointed out that ultramarathon
runners who took vitamin C experienced fewer colds and other respiratory
problems than runners who neglected to take this nutrient.