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New study aims to help Canadian flood victims while answering questions on nutrition and stress

Posted on: December 30, 2013   by  Vitamin D Council

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Researchers out of Calgary are providing vitamins to flood victims to see if they help with post-traumatic stress.

Last June, a massive flood hit southern Alberta in Canada. This led to the evacuation and displacement of more than 100,000 people and caused billions of dollars’ worth of damages. This disaster has led to months of disruption of daily life, and six months later more than 1,000 residents still haven’t returned to their homes. Many victims of floods and other disaster events must deal with post-traumatic stress and heavy anxiety.

Researchers in the current study are investigating to see if certain vitamins and nutrients will help victims of this disaster deal with stress and anxiety. They currently have 25 participants, but are seeking a total of 210.

Participants will receive one of three vitamin regimens. The first is vitamin D, the second is a B-complex multi-vitamin, and the third is a broad-spectrum formula containing both minerals and vitamins.

Lead investigator, Dr. Bonnie Kaplan states, “There is no placebo in the study, so every participant stands to benefit.”

The researchers are seeking individuals over the age of 18 not taking psychoactive medication, who are not pregnant, and were present during the Alberta floods in June.

“This is our way of trying to help while answering an important scientific question,” said Dr. Kaplan. “We want to determine whether there is value in providing very broad spectrum micronutrients, or whether more target formulas are sufficient for helping with depression, anxiety and stress.”

If you are eligible and would like to participate in the study, visit http://www.psyc.canterbury.ac.nz/research/Mental_Health_and_Nutrition/Alberta%20Flood%20Study.shtml.

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