Can Vitamin D (Sunshine) Help Stress?
It is well known that Vitamin D protects you against the flu and cancer by supporting the immune system and supporting bone growth preventing osteoporosis. New research has revealed that Vitamin D can battle the ravages of stress. When we experience stress the body produces the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol in small doses helps us deal with difficult times and is quite healthy. Too much and prolonged levels of cortisol can restrict arteries and increase blood pressure. Vitamin D can block the enzyme that is needed to make cortisol and help us avoid the damage that too much stress can cause and help in lowering blood pressure. For most people taking 5,000 IU per day will raise your Vitamin D to the optimum level.