Can Vitamins & Supplements Help with PTSD ?

September 6, 2023

I am often asked whether there are any non medical pills and potions that can be taken to help with stress and PTSD in particular, so here is a general summary you may find helpful.

Vitamins play a vital role in supporting our overall health. My experience of helping women going through their peri and post menopause years, we have found certain supplements seem to work quite well, especially when used in the early stages.

They may have certain benefits for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even as a helpful addition to a comprehensive treatment plan. Here are some potential benefits of vitamins for individuals with PTSD:

  1. Stress reduction: PTSD often leads to increased stress levels and imbalances in the body. Certain vitamins, such as B vitamins (particularly B6, B9, and B12), have been linked to stress reduction and improved mood. They can help regulate the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which play a role in mood regulation.
  2. Improved cognitive function: PTSD can cause cognitive difficulties, such as memory problems and difficulties with concentration. Some vitamins, like vitamin E and B-complex vitamins, have been associated with improved cognitive function. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that may help protect brain cells from oxidative stress, while B-complex vitamins support brain health and neurotransmitter function.
  3. Enhanced sleep quality: Sleep disturbances are common in individuals with PTSD. Vitamins like vitamin D and magnesium can contribute to better sleep quality. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to sleep disorders, and magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system, promoting relaxation and restful sleep. You need a minimum of 365mg of Magnesium; we have found that most people experience good results taking this about half an hour before bedtime. If you do happen to wake up, you should be able to turn over and go back to sleep.
    NB: if you have a sensitive stomach, Magnesium Glycinate may be better for you than the other forms.
  4. Reduced anxiety and depression: Many individuals with PTSD experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. Certain vitamins, such as vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin C, have been associated with a reduction in anxiety and depressive symptoms. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to increased risk of depression, while omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that may help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  5. Immune system support: PTSD can affect the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to illnesses and infections. Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc, play important roles in supporting immune function. They can help strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of infections.

It’s important to note that while vitamins can be beneficial for individuals with PTSD, they should not replace evidence-based treatments such as therapy.

Increasingly, I am hearing scientists saying that sometimes the pill won’t fix the problem. If you start dreading going into work because of your manager for example, taking anti depressants won’t fix his behaviour! In the short term, medication may help you cope to give you some breathing space, but you need to address the issue as soon as possible. Chances are you may find that you’re not the only one feeling upset by their behaviour. 

PTSD is far more complex and often requires many months, if not lifetime support. This is one of the reasons why we have started this community. Those black moments can strike at any time, and often occur “out of hours”. If you’re starting to feel down, come on here and open up. 



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