Anxiety & Stress
Most people experience anxiety and stress from time to time. Stress is any demand placed on your brain or physical body. People can report feeling stressed when multiple competing demands are placed on them. The feeling of being stressed can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. It can be a reaction to stress, or it can occur in people who are unable to identify significant stressors in their life.
See what the medical experts say:
Studies of the brain have revealed that our brains react to perceived threats by flooding the body and brain with noradrenaline, stimulating widescale physical and mental changes, known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. This was fine when we lived in the wild and were occasionally confronted by a grizzly bear and needed to react swiftly. Our modern day problem is that our environment presents us with a great many ‘red flags’ that do not threaten life and limb , but our peace of mind, such as financial insecurity, competing demands for attention, and a whole range of worries that we cannot immediately resolve. Thus we seem to be permanently ‘on alert’. This is detrimental to both our physical and our mental health, draining us of energy.
When this manifests as either chronic anxiety, panic attacks, mood disorders, manic or depressive conditions and so forth, the tendency is to reach for psycho-active drugs. Whilst these can be helpful in calming symptoms, they come with side effects and do not address root causes.
Recent research into the use of micronutrient therapy as a side-effect-less way of restoring balance is showing positive results. The brain is a great consumer of nutrients, and periods of stress cause depletion. Supplementation has been show to assist this, and has been particularly helpful in combatting the mood and behaviour imbalances.
The recently published American Psychiatric Association textbook "Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice", highlights micronutrients as a “physiologically sensible approach” to treating mood and mental health disorders.
Citing multiple third-party funded university studies, the authors wrote, "...broad-spectrum micronutrients and psychiatric medications appear comparable in both antidepressant and anti-manic effects, but the micronutrients had far fewer and less severe side effects and much lower relapse rates. Compared with conventional psychotropics, patients stabilized on broad-spectrum micronutrients have fewer residual symptoms and mood fluctuations, fewer necessary dose changes, less need for monthly medication checks, rare hospitalizations, and lower treatment costs. (Kaplan et al. 2017; Rodway et al. 2012)
In another study, professor Dr Julia Rucklidge of Canterbury University, New Zealand, used a placebo controlled trial ** making use of Hardy Daily Essential Nutrients, to establish the effectiveness of micronutrients in dealing with adults with ADHD and a range of other mental health conditions. The results were published in the British Journal of Psychiatry click here
In another study, published in The Journal of Anxiety Disorders June 2009, Dr Rucklidge reported on the study of a young man with OCD whose anxiety was reduced by use of DENs.
And, following the 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, Dr Rucklidge also tested the use of DENs to assist those traumatised with anxiety to good result, with those taking the vitamins experiencing less intrusive thoughts . “Shaken but unstirred? Effects of micronutrients on stress and trauma after an earthquake: RCT evidence comparing formulas and doses “
For those whose symptoms are chronic, full dosage of DENs appears to be the most effective. For everyday use by anyone who finds daily life stressful, Optimal Balance for Men or Optimal Balance for Women is the most commonly subscribed to. Inositol has also been found useful for people with panic attacks (but cautioned against if in mania). For manic or depressive symptoms please see Bipolar.
For those for whom stress has caused lack of absorption of micronutrients and disturbance in the gut bacteria, using Greens and Probiotics as either capsules or powder to mix in with water or juice may prove beneficial.
"I have regularly suffered from anxiety and depression throughout my life. I seemed to be more sensitive to every day upsets and with a demanding family life I have felt low for some time. I saw an advert for DENs, and wanted to try them. Since taking DENs the changes have been remarkable! " J.B. March 2018, UK