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Less anxiety and worry with vitamin C
A supplement containing 500 mg vitamin C can reduce anxiety among high school students if taken daily, Brazilian researchers discovered.
Vitamin C & anxiety
There are indications that seriously high amounts of vitamin C may have positive psychological effects. In a study done about fifteen years ago German researchers reported, for example, that a daily dose of 3 g vitamin C reduced the concentration of cortisol in the blood and feelings of stress. [Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2002 Jan;159(3):319-24.] And a Pakistani study from 2013 showed that a daily dose of one gram of vitamin C helped diabetics to worry less. [Pak J Biol Sci. 2013 Nov 15;16(22):1597-600.]
So could vitamin C supplementation help healthy people to also feel more at ease? And waste less energy on worrying? That's the question that researchers at the University of Brasilia set out to answer when they did an experiment with school children. Anxiety and worry reduces school performance among high school students, and that's not a desirable state of affairs.
If you score higher than 35 on the Beck Anxiety Inventory your anxiety levels are so high that your physical and mental health is in danger. A score of between 22 and 35 means you have moderate anxiety. You worry quite a bit but it's manageable. Scores below 22 are healthy: psychologists call that low anxiety.
"In conclusion, this study suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C can help to reduce anxiety levels and possibly increase academic performance among anxious students."