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Let's Discuss: The Oft-Overlooked Nutrient That Helps Balance Mood & Hormones

Hannah Frye
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March 11, 2023
Hannah Frye
Assistant Beauty & Health Editor
By Hannah Frye
Assistant Beauty & Health Editor
Hannah Frye is the Assistant Beauty Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism and a minor in women’s, gender, and queer studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Hannah has written across lifestyle sections including health, wellness, sustainability, personal development, and more.
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March 11, 2023
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The recent emphasis on slow-living practices in mainstream culture parallels the increased attention on hormonal balance—and that’s not a coincidence. One of the best ways to balance your hormones naturally is to focus on reducing stress—aka, slowing down when you need to. 

However, what you eat plays a huge role in hormonal balance as well. Consuming whole, balanced meals, eating breakfast before drinking coffee, and skipping high-glycemic foods are all fairly well-known tips, but this nutrient often gets left out of the conversation. 

How vitamin C contributes to hormonal balance. 

You may or may not already know that your brain is sensitive to the absence or deficiency of vitamin C1. This is precisely how vitamin C influences your mood. 

While vitamin C’s role starts in the brain, it trickles down throughout the entire body to help balance hormones. For example, vitamin C plays an essential role in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis (think: fight-or-flight stress response).

In fact, "The adrenal glands house the greatest concentration of vitamin C in the whole body and are necessary for proper cortisol output2,” registered dietitian nutritionist Emily Achey, M.S., R.D., INFCP, previously told mbg

By supporting the oxidant versus antioxidant balance in the adrenals, vitamin C supports emotional well-being and a number of other physiological functions, as adrenal glands are involved in regulating metabolism and healthy blood pressure, supporting the immune system and more.

The benefits of vitamin C certainly don’t stop there, either. This essential nutrient plays a critical role in immune health, skin health, iron absorption, and more. Suffice it to say: You should definitely make sure you prioritize vitamin C for overall health, hormonal balance included. 

But here's the thing: A whopping 42% of the U.S. adult population3 is living with vitamin C insufficiency, and almost half are failing to get enough vitamin C from their food each day. Want to be absolutely sure you’re getting enough? Add a vitamin C supplement to your daily wellness routine to support your hormones, immune system, brain health, and more. Here’s a curated list of the best science-backed options on the market to ease your search. 

The takeaway. 

There are plenty of steps to take when it comes to balancing your hormones, from relieving stress to eating balanced meals and more. Vitamin C also plays a role in hormonal balance, as well as mood regulation—so make sure you get enough. Not sure how much you need to check the box? This guide will help you out

 

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