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FACT SHEET - Dietary Supplements

DO YOUR BODY GOOD, eat your vitamins. Daily supplements have been proven to benefit the physical health of those who take them but what about psychological health? What else are dietary supplements good for?

A new study suggests that dietary supplements may have positive effects on those who are experiencing stress. “Effects of vitamin supplementation on inflammatory markers and psychological wellbeing among distressed women: a randomized controlled trial” (By Oliver-Baxter JM, et al. J Integr Med. 2018) takes a scientific look at the topic via solid scientific method.

* Not all participants in the study reported positive effects on their psychological wellness with the use of dietary supplements.

But many people did benefit from positive effects on their psychological well being from taking vitamin and mineral supplements over an extended period of time.

As stated in the report,

“The results suggest that administration of multivitamins was not effective in improving psychological state.”

The good news is that supplement usage did strengthen the body’s immune system by promoting inflammation in the good way that helps fight infection. And often, when the various nutrients are being metabolized more efficiently, with the help of vitamin and mineral supplements, the body is improved and that, in turn, improves the mental state.

Did you know that inflammation can sometimes be a good thing?

This study shows that dietary supplements promote a pro-inflammatory response in the cytokines.

High levels of TFN, or Tumor Necrosis Factor, is indicative of healing. It shows that the body is having a pro-inflammatory response to infection, i.e. helping protect cells in the body from further harm.


The most critical times to take your vitamin supplements:

• while you’re still a kid and growing

• as an adult too

• while planning for a family

• during times of elevated physical stress(when your sick or feeling run down)

• when healing from an injury

• while pregnant or lactating

• during periods of depression

• during periods of elation ( yes, even abundance of happiness is a kind of “stress” on the body)

• during periods of lack of sleep or insomnia •during the winter months

• cold and flu season

Ask your pharmacist or doctor which vitamins are best for you. Some dissolve more completely and can be used by the body better than others.

You can request a blood panel at your local blood draw center which will tell you if you are deficient in any vitamins that your body needs.

Your doctor can assist you with this.

Some pharmaceutical medications can leach vitamins from your system, causing the need for dietary supplements to replace what is deficient. Some prescription drugs used for diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, heartburn and acid reflux, constipation, depression, some antibiotics, birth control and even over the counter pain relievers, like Tylenol, Motrin, naproxen, and Percocet, can deplete important nutrients in the body And some osteoporosis medication can as well. A Certified Nutrition and Health Coach can help you navigate what mineral and vitamin supplements are most important when taking certain medications.

If you are concerned about the negative inflammatory response your body might have to medication or from eating the wrong foods, taking the necessary dietary supplements that your body needs could help by causing a pro-inflammatory response that can protect your organs and soft tissue from damage.

If you are interested in a vitamin intake overview from a Nutritionist, please contact me, Christina Hansen, for a FREE consultation and I can help you get on your way to better understanding of what vitamins your body needs so you can start to feel your best again.

Your insurance provider might offer participants free over the counter wellness supplements too! Read more about how you can get an OTC benefits card here.


Effects of vitamin supplementation on inflammatory markers and psychological wellbeing among distressed women: a randomized controlled trial. By Oliver-Baxter JM, et al. J Integr Med. 2018.


written and (C) by Christina Hansen

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