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 Nutritional Programs: Anti-Stress Nutritional Program 

Herbs may be useful in the Anti-Stress program as well. Licorice root, and its active extract DGL, have a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect, and may be useful for stress. Valerian root, by itself or in combination with other herbs, has a tranquilizing effect and can be used before sleep or as a muscle relaxant, either as a tea or in a capsule. Catnip leaf can tame that wild or ferocious feeling and is a safe herb to improve the recharging quality of our catnaps. Ginseng root, as a tea or in capsules, is often thought of as a stimulant but is commonly used as an antistress herb. It strengthens deeper energies and the ability to handle life, and it is definitely better in the long run than coffee. White ginsengs, such as northern or white Siberian, tend to be safer for the blood pressure (too much red ginseng can elevate it). Gotu kola leaf is a good herb for mental stress. Like ginseng, it is very popular in the Eastern cultures. Two formulas that I have used for patients are made by Professional Botanicals: RLX ("relax"), which contains skullcap, passion flower, celery seed, musk root, lupulin, and hops, and RST ("rest") or Sleepeaze, which contains passion flower, valerian root, black cohosh root, German chamomile flowers, lupulin, and lemon balm.

Some practitioners use adrenal glandular tablets to support the extra adrenal demands during stress. Many people respond well to this treatment if they feel comfortable taking beef adrenals. I personally do not. Adrenal cortical extract (ACE) has been a popular injection for a number of years for stimulating energy and treating a variety of problems, such as allergies, hypoglycemia, and fatigue. This appears to be less commonly used and harder to obtain, likely because of medical politics. It was not particularly unsafe; its effectiveness and safety were not well enough established to satisfy the FDA.

Some of the freeze-dried, blue-green algae products have also been useful because of their mild detoxifying and energizing effects. They also seem to reduce some mental stress. I personally like how I feel when I take chlorella or spirulina. They also provide protein and all the essential amino acids.

The following table shows my recommended Anti-Stress Nutrient Program. The amounts listed are the total day’s intake (in addition to the diet), which I recommend splitting into three portions. Where ranges are shown, these are to accommodate individual needs and ability to handle higher amounts of these nutrients.


Water 2–3 qt. Calcium 600–1,000mg.

Chromium 200–400 mcg.
Vitamin A7,500–15,000 IUs Copper2–3 mg.
Beta-carotene10,000–25,000 IUs Iodine150–200 mcg.
Vitamin D400 IUs Iron 10–20 mg.
Vitamin E400–1,000 IUs Magnesium350–600 mg.
Vitamin K200–400 mcg. Manganese5–10 mg.
Thiamine (B1)75–150 mg. Molybdenum300–800 mg.
Riboflavin (B2)50–100 mg. Potassium300–500 mg.
Niacin (B3) 50–150 mg. Selenium200–400 mcg.
Niacinamide (B3)25–100 mg. Zinc30–60 mg.
Pantothenic acid (B5)500–1,000 mg. L-amino acids1,000–1,500 mg.
Pyridoxine (B6)50–100 mg. L-cysteine250–500 mg.
with vitamin C
Pyridoxal-5-phosphate25–75 mg.
Cobalamin (B12) 50–250 mcg. Optional:
Folic acid500–1,000 mcg. Hydrochloric acid
(with meals for
chronic stress)
5–10 grains
Biotin150–500 mcg. Pancreatic enzymes
(after meals)
1–2 tablets
PABA50–100 mg. Adrenal glandular50–100 mg.
Choline500–1,000 mg. Chlorella1–2 packets
or 6–12tablets daily
Inositol500–1,000 mg. Licorice root2–4 capsules
Vitamin C4–8 g.
Bioflavonoids250–500 mg.
(Excerpted from Staying Healthy with Nutrition ISBN: 1587611791)
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Elson Haas MDElson M. Haas, MD is founder & Director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin (since 1984), an Integrated Health Care Facility in San Rafael, CA and author of many books on Health and Nutrition, including ...more
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