Research: KELLY reviews (106

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KELLY reviews (106 references) the effects of stress and suggests various nutritional and herbal substances to counter stress.


The author writes that prolonged stress, whether resulting from mental/emotional upset or due to physical factors including malnutrition, surgery, chemical exposure, exercise, sleep deprivation or other environmental causes, results in a range of systemic effects. These include increased levels of stress hormones including cortisol, decline in immune system functions and disruption of gastrointestinal microflora balance. These changes may contribute significantly to health problems.



and Discussion: The author suggests a variety of nutritional and botanical substances which may enable individuals to sustain an adaptive response and minimise some of the systemic effects of stress, including adaptogenic herbs, specific vitamins including vitamins B1, B6, B5 and B12, vitamin C, tyrosine and other nutrients including lipoic acid, phosphatidylserine and plant sterol/sterolin .combinations.



Kelly GS. Nutritional and botanical interventions to assist with the adaptation to stress. Alternative Medicine Review. 4(4): 249-65. Aug 1999.

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