Weil Nutritional Supplements B Complex - 90 Tablets
Support healthy stress management naturally with the Dr.Weil balanced B-Complex. The B-Complex contains a full spectrum of B vitamins, including thiamine, B12, riboflavin and niacin, which are all needed for key metabolic processes. B vitamins help support adrenal function and help calm and maintain a healthy nervous system. Thiamine acts as a cofactor for the metabolism of glucose and may have a role in nerve transmission. Vitamin B12 is necessary for DNA synthesis and affects the development of red blood cells, normal myelination (covering) of nerve cells, and the production of neurotransmitters.
Like other B vitamins, both riboflavin and niacin act as cofactors for enzymes involved in metabolism. They are utilized in energy production and the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates - essential processes in every cell in the body. Riboflavin coenzymes are also active in the body’s primary detoxification system.
We experience potential stressors throughout our lives. Situations that can create stress are unavoidable. What we can control is how we react to them. Psychological stress can best be defined as emotional strain or tension in response to a particular event, behavior, place or person. While it isn't always easy to find effective ways to manage the daily stressors we face it is important to try to find healthy ways to manage stress. When we cannot, we often feel its damaging impact through anger, depression and a multitude of health problems.
Here are some facts about how stress impacts our lives:
- Stress has been linked to all the leading causes of death, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, accidents and suicide.
- Almost 90 percent of all visits to primary health care providers are due to stress-related problems.
- Nearly one-half of all adults suffer adverse effects from stress.
- It is estimated that 1 million Americans miss work due to stress-related complaints.
- Workplace violence has been attributed to stress. Homicide is the second leading cause of fatal occupational injury.
There are some situations that inherently rate high on the stress scale: divorce, death of a child or spouse, illness, a move or a change of job. But each of us has the ability to manage most stressful situations by altering the way we respond to them. It is impossible to manage or control all the people, events and places in our lives that place demands on us, and any attempt to do so causes our stress level to go up. We would be better off learning to accept those situations we can not change and to manage how we deal with stress by understanding the phenomenon of "being stressed."
Stress is classified into two types - acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term). People experience acute stress when they are dealing with a dangerous or life threatening situation. Because these circumstances were common in our evolutionary past, humans have a built-in mechanism that is commonly referred to as the "fight or flight" response, so named because of the way our bodies react to such an event. Immediate physiological responses, mediated by the release of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, prepare the body for this "fight or flight" response by increasing blood pressure, heart rate and respiration. In fact, blood flow can increase 300 to 400 percent in order to prepare the legs, brain and lungs for the added demands of either fighting off a physical threat, or running to safety. Conversely, other major body systems such as the digestive tract are shut down short-term, as they are considered non-essential during a stressful event. These physical changes were vital for survival in prehistoric times, and this response can still be important today when we are in a dangerous situation or even during an athletic event or a competition where a "ramped up" system can enhance the way we perform. The problem, however, is that this system now operates inappropriately in our modern world. Although heavy traffic, work deadlines and credit card statements are not life threatening, the system is activated by our response to them, often many times throughout the day. This is chronic stress, and over time the repetition of the "fight or flight" response, designed to allow us to survive occasional real threats, begins to alter our everyday physiology and health.