stress

Do THIS and Watch Stress Melt Away

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

There’s no doubt about it — stress is a killer.

And when left unchecked, it can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and even diabetes.

Fortunately, some researchers from the University of Georgia recently discovered two miracle plant compounds that can help shield your body from the devastating effects of stress.

They attack stress right at the source – and may end up boosting your brain and vision in the bargain.

I’m talking about lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful nutrients found in leafy greens and other veggies.

For years, scientists have been studying them, because they can help protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration and help keep your memory in tiptop shape.

More recently, scientists looked at how they can help quell your stress.

For the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, researchers split up a group of participants. Half took lutein and zeaxanthin supplements, and the other half took a placebo.

Before the trial and at six and 12 months after starting the supplements, all participants had their blood cortisol levels measured as well as psychological stress and mood ratings.

Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone,” and it’s been linked to lots of the health problems associated with stress.

After six months, the lutein and zeaxanthin supplements significantly decreased cortisol levels, and improved patients moods and psychological stress ratings.

Even better, after 12 months, the results either maintained or improved.

Experts believe these two nutrients are so powerful because they’re antioxidants, which can hunt down free radicals and fight oxidative stress — two key drivers of all disease.

In this study, participants took a 10mg of lutein and 2mg of zeaxanthin.

It would be challenging to get doses this high from your diet.

So your best bet would be lutein and zeaxanthin supplements, which you can pick up at your local pharmacy.

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: feedback@livingwelldaily.com – and click here to like us on Facebook.


Sources

[1]  Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior

[2]  Lutein and zeaxanthin isomers demonstrates improved psychological stress levels

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

View More Free Articles

Nature’s Brilliant Secret for Better Brain Health

We all want to stay sharp and focused as we age. But for many, the desire to maintain a “teenage brain” for the rest of their lives simply doesn’t match reality. Instead, the edges of their memory start to soften and their thinking slows. If the possibility of losing your mental agility keeps you up...

Read This

Don’t Quit Your Meds Cold Turkey! [Here’s Why...]

People are always asking me if they can stop taking their prescription medications. That probably doesn’t surprise you. It certainly doesn’t surprise me. I totally get it if you’re fed up with taking drugs. But can you simply STOP taking them? Let’s talk about it… If you’re over 40, there’s a solid chance you’re popping...

Read This

Secret Cancer-Fighting Duo REVEALED

You’ve no doubt heard a LOT about gut health lately. Heck, I talk about gut bacteria myself, probably at least once a week here in Living Well Daily. There’s a good reason for that. What we’ve learned about human health and the microbiome in the last decade or so is nothing short of stunning. We...

Read This

MAILBAG! Stop Sinus Headaches NATURALLY

“I am constantly getting sinus headaches. Tylenol doesn’t seem to help much. Do I have any other options?” –Alice Hi Alice, The fact that you can buy Tylenol over the counter has given this drug a safety halo. So, I want to start by cautioning against taking too much of this med. Swallowing a daily...

Read This

Scientists Uncover Diet's Dark CANCER Link

Most folks know that a steady diet of junk food isn’t exactly good for you. But the truth is, a poor diet ALSO sends your cancer risk soaring. And oddly, we’ve never been entirely certain as to WHY. Sure, a junk-food-heavy diet is unhealthy, packs on the pounds, and raises the risk for various diseases,...

Read This

Sneaky Microplastic Invaders Cross the Gut Barrier

We’re under attack, invaded by an invisible enemy worming its way into every nook and cranny of our lives… and bodies. I’m talking about microplastics, those tiny, insidious plastic particles contaminating our water,  food, and even the air we breathe. It’s a full-blown crisis, and it’s happening right under our noses! Scientists have sounded the...

Read This

Humble Gut Bugs are Heart Disease Superheroes

Unless you’ve been living on a remote island, you likely have an idea of how vital good gut health is for your overall well-being. After all, what we’ve learned about the microbiome’s relationship to our health in the last few years is nothing short of mind-blowing. A well-balanced microbiome has been linked to a lower...

Read This

Forget Fasting and Try THIS Instead

Thirty years ago, one of my hippie cousins gave me a jar filled with liquid and a mysterious white blob floating in it. Puzzled, I asked them what it was. They called it a “kombucha tea starter.” I was curious enough to give it a shot and make some of the tea. The process was...

Read This

Five Game-Changing “Hacks” for Optimal Health

The other day, a patient told me she was doing “everything” she could for her health. When I asked her what she meant, much to my surprise, she told me she stopped using the microwave. I assure you that’s NOT everything. Sure, microwaving food has some downsides. But let’s be realistic; avoiding them won’t significantly...

Read This

The Vitamin NO Diabetic Can Afford to Ignore

The fact that so many Americans STILL have low vitamin D is puzzling. After all, the research showing how VITAL the vitamin is to our health is overwhelming. For example, maintaining adequate vitamin D levels reduces the risk of osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, respiratory infections, depression, and more. But new research...

Read This