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Vitamins to Assist in Dealing with Stress

Stress is a major factor in disease where physical symptoms are prompted by mental or emotional problems. Stress related disorders make up 50 to 80% of all illness (although stress may not be the only cause). Illnesses affected by stress include:

Most of us think of stress as being tense or worrying in situations. However, it is more wide ranging and can include:

All of these have an impact on the body causing it to make a series of changes in response to the stressor.

How does your body react to stress?

When you get stressed do you:

If you answered 'yes' to most or many of these questions it could be that your reaction to stress will be having an adverse impact on your immune system.

What you can do to help

Vitamin and mineral supplements to deal with stress

The following vitamins and minerals can assist in dealing with stress and the adverse affects of stress on the immune system.

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Stress can be good (eustress) or bad (dystress). Mostly when people simply talk about stress, they mean bad stress. That's the type we are concerned about here.