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Expert Pearls

Stress - b vitamins - 48855

High dose B-complex vitamin supplementation (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 (25 mg), B9 and B12) taken in two tablets after breakfast daily in a complex of small doses of vitamins C and E, passion flower and inositol. [Hum Psychopharmacol, 2011 Sept 8; [Epub ahead of print]. 48855 (10/2011)] Summary Interview PubMed

Stress - black cohosh - cimicifuga racemosa - 49274

Cimicifuga racemosa (CR) [black cohosh] 200 mg/d significantly attenuated the elevated subjective perception of stress and increased salivary chromogranin-A levels; and rapidly recovered the decrease in alpha waveband induced by performing mental arithmetic task. [Biomed Res, 2012; 33(3):145-52. 49274 (9/2012)] Summary Interview PubMed

Stress - Caffeine

Caffeine may aggravate the combat-stress response. [Military Medicine, 1996; 161:230-232. 25102 (1997)] Summary Interview

Stress - green tea - 50050

Green tea consumption in ascending order of intake 1 to 5 or more cups per day is associated with a reduction in functional disability (cognitive function, depression, psychological distress, stroke) and healthy life expectancy, in a dose dependent fashion. [Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 March;95(3):732–739. 50050 (5/2012)] Interview PubMed

Stress - Meditation

Meditation - memorization of a favorite spiritual or religious passage and then the slow recitation of that passage for 20 to 30 minutes. Teachers were given guided practice in three corollary techniques. These were to: 1) Deliberately slow down as often as possible. 2) Do one thing at a time. 3) Take a short part of the passage one uses for meditation and repeat it to oneself during the day as a mantra (teachers). [Stress Medicine 1999;15:69-77. 32163 (1999)] Summary Interview

Stress - omega-3 fatty acids, phosphatidyl serine - 49193

Omega-3 PS capsules consisting of phosphatidyl serine (PS) (20-22%), DHA (minimum 25%),and EPA (minimum 5%) [3 capsules = a minimum of 15 mg EPA, 75 mg DHA and 60-66 mg PS] once daily in the morning with breakfast. [Nutr Res, 2012 Apr;32(4):241-50. 49193 (7/2012)] Summary Interview PubMed

Stress - vitamin-mineral supplements - 49627

Vitamin and mineral supplementation had positive benefits on perception of stress, mild psychiatric symptoms and general mood in non-clinical, healthy adult populations in a meta-analysis of 8 double-blind randomized controlled trials. [Psychosom Med, 2013 Feb;75(2):144-53. 49627 (8/2013)] Summary Interview PubMed
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