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Japanese Centenarians Share Their Secrets for Living a Long, Stress-Free Life

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Stress can affect you at any time of the year, no matter your age or location. Stress is a major part of our lives, but it can either mobilize the body or have a seriously destructive effect on the entire body.


Japanese centenarians share their secrets for living a long and healthy life. First, they talk about having the ability to relax and relieve nervous tension.

It is possible to divide stress into two categories:

• Stress caused by any sudden events, which cause a disruption in your daily life (loss of work, accidents, divorce, etc. )

• Daily stress that surrounds us in everyday life (daily stress at work, small quarrels in the family, squabbles in public transport, etc.)

For each specific situation, of course, an individual approach is needed in the fight against stress. Perhaps, in some cases, the help of a psychologist is required. However, there are means that can support the body while under stress. One such example is the amino acid tryptophan.

What is tryptophan

Tryptophan (L-tryptophan) refers to the category of standard indispensable amino acids. Tryptophan is a part of the proteins in all living organisms, which is why it is necessary for it to be constantly replenished in the body.

The foods richest in this amino acid are products such as red and black caviar, cheese, fish, meat, peanuts, almonds, legumes, cottage cheese, oats, sesame, pine nuts, milk, and yogurt.

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If you have long felt apathetic, depressed, anxious, irritable, if you sleep poorly, feel overwhelmed, fatigued, or perform your daily tasks poorly- it may be possible that there is a low amount of tryptophan in your diet.

What is the role of tryptophan in the body?

During the day, the neurotransmitter serotonin is modeled from tryptophan. Serotonin is called the "hormone of happiness.” It is because of this that we feel upbeat and experience emotional and spiritual comfort. It increases our level of efficiency and stimulates cognitive activity, including in stressful situations.
It also contributes to emotional stability, self-control in conditions of increased mental and emotional stress, and reduces irritability and aggressiveness. Serotonin eliminates feelings of anxiety, fear, and emotional stress.

Additional source of Tryptophan

Anyone who needs an additional source of this amino acid in times of stress should consider tryptophan supplements. Evalar capsules are strengthened with vitamins B5 and B6. It is sold in pharmacies and specialized departments.

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Reference: KP

How do you manage your stress? If you have tips that work well for stress management, please share them in the comments section below for discussion.