Multivitamins May Reduce Stress and Fatigue Levels
A recent study adds one more to the health benefit associated with taking a multivitamin - they may lower feelings of stress, anxiety, and physical fatigue.
Participants in the study included 138 healthy adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Over the course of 16 weeks, half of the group took a multivitamin supplement with high levels of vitamins B, C, D and minerals while the other half took a placebo.
Chronic mood measures were administered at baseline, 8 weeks and 16 weeks. The researchers found no significant change in mood or general health. However, when they conducted home mobile-phone assessments, they found a significant reduction in stress, anxiety and fatigue ratings on the days that the participants took the multivitamins.
Researchers from Swinburne University in Australia conducted the study. It was published in the October 2013 issue of Appetite.
Previous studies have shown that multivitamins may aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and boost general physical health. Other studies have also shown that the cells of people who routinely take multivitamins actually have a younger biological age.