Stress in its many forms – physical, environmental or emotional – increases the body’s requirement for nutrients, as vitamins and minerals get used up quickly in stressful situations.

Four of the most important nutrients that get used up quickly during acute or prolonged stress are vitamin C, B-complex, zinc and magnesium. A prolonged stress response both depletes nutrients and suppresses the immune system.

Chronic stress is a serious phenomenon in modern society, where incoming stressful triggers are commonly persistent, unlike the fleeting stress triggers of the past. This stress can lead to anxiety, depression and other preventable chronic diseases.

The figures are staggering – a massive 74% of UK adults say that they have felt so stressed that they were unable to cope at some point in the last year. Sadly, 29% of 18-24-year-olds said that they had self-harmed due to stress.

Clearly we need to become more aware of how our emotions affect our health and take measures to improve the situation. In this article, we intend to summarise the primary anti-stress nutrients, as well as the best food sources of them.