Monday, July 12, 2010

Multivitamins Improve Mental Fatigue and Stress in Healthy Men

When you feel healthy, why would you take multivitamins and minerals?  The following clinical study gives one reason, and of course, there are many more.

A major percentage of the general population reports regular use of multivitamin supplements. Among the common reasons given for doing so are helping combat mental fatigue and stress, although there are few studies that have analyzed the relationship between multivitamin supplementation and mental performance in healthy, non-elderly adults.

In a recent article published in the journal Psychopharmacology, researchers reported that multivitamin and mineral supplements taken daily for a month improved mental fatigue and stress levels in adult men.

Participants in this double-blind study included 215 healthy men between the ages of 30 and 55 who were regularly exposed to mental fatigue and stress in their full-time employment. Subjects received either a placebo or a multivitamin and mineral supplement which they took daily for 33 days. The multivitamin included moderate levels of vitamin C and the B vitamins, as well as the minerals magnesium, calcium and zinc.

Previous to and following the last day of treatment, subjects completed questionnaires that measured mood states, perceived stress, and general health

On the final day, further testing evaluated cognitive performance and task-related changes in mood and fatigue while walking on a treadmill. 

When compared to the placebo group, participants receiving the multinutrient supplement experienced a significant improvement in perceived stress, general health and vigor, cognitive function, and mental fatigue.

While it isn’t possible to identify the specific mechanism of action responsible for these improvements, the results of the study support results from previous research indicating that supplementation of multivitamin/minerals in healthy, normal populations may provide beneficial effects on mental health, adaptation to stress, and cognitive function.

Kennedy DO et al. Effects of high-dose B vitamin complex with vitamin C and minerals on subjective mood and performance in healthy males. 2010. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 211(1):55-68.

Note from Deanna: 

People are often confused as to which supplements to take, since there is such a wide choice.  I had personally tried a number of companies prior to discovering Usana Health Sciences.

What a wonderful difference the Usana Essentials made to my overall health, and even for some of my health issues.  I had more energy, slept better, felt calmer under stress and shed some of my negative symptoms.

One difference with the Usana products, is that they are manufactured to pharmaceutical standards, rare in the supplement industry, guaranteed that what is on the label is exactly what's in the bottle (I thought that was a given with all products, but it's not).

Beyond that, you'll find the key Usana supplements listed in the doctor's reference guides in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  And they have been ranked with the Gold Standard in The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, an independent study of 1500 products in North America.

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Sorry if this sounds like a commercial, but I'm a believer!

Here's to your optimal health!

Deanna Waters   1-888-320-8250
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