With aging, we can progressively develop a deficiency of vitamin C. And the intense, prolonged stress greatly increases this deficiency. One of the places with the highest concentration of vitamin C is in the adrenal glands (small glands above the kidneys) thereof, they have a strong relationship with energy and stress. Therefore, tiredness and fatigue can be triggered by the stress and adrenals. Smoking and contraceptives also reduce levels of Vit C in the body.
When the adrenal glands, which contain high levels of vitamin C, are under a stressful situation, further increase their vitamin needs in response to the increased formation of adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH).
Also, during chronic stress, the formation of free radicals (reactive molecules that cause cell damage) is also higher. In this regard, vitamin C acts as a potent antioxidant, as it has the ability to donate electrons to the free radicals and neutralize its effect.
Cortisol is important for the regulation of blood sugar and blood pressure as well as the inflammatory response to illness, stress, and injury. High levels of cortisol suppress the immune system, which increases the risk of flu and other diseases.
It can also slow the response to training by stimulating muscle and bone degradation and interfere with the metabolism of carbohydrates
British scientists were able to observe that supplementation with vitaminaC and vitamin E daily for 4 weeks reduced levels of cortisol after intense exercise (2 hours cycling at 60% effort) but had no effect on other measures of immunity.
Vitamin C and E may reduce some of the negative effects of metabolic stress but can not fully protect against depression of the immune system. Properly designed exercise programs (keeping a balance between intense exercise and sufficient rest) and a good diet with adequate energy supply are the best protection against depression of the immune system induced by constant stress.
In order to reduce the effects of stress and leads cortisol levels to normal, it is advisable to supplement vitamin C intravenously. This strategy added to changes in lifestyle will help balance hormones and get the metabolic state back to normal.
The usual dose of oral supplementation may not be adequate in this regard. When plasma levels are between 350 and 400 mg / dl (orthomolecular concentration levels), the effect of vitamin C on cortisol levels is achieved and functioning of the adrenal glands is optimal.
A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology 2 demonstrated the effect of high doses of ascorbic acid (Vit. C) in reducing blood pressure, reducing cortisol and a positive response to psychological stress.
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