Robuvit® French oak wood extract may help relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder

November 20, 2018

A study reported in the October 2018 issue of Minerva Medica found a significant decrease in symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among participants who supplemented with Robuvit® French oak wood extract for four weeks.

PTSD is a condition associated with recurrent, obsessive recollection of severe traumatic events and can involve nightmares, flashbacks, and episodes of rapid heartbeat, perspiration, and variation in blood pressure. Psychotherapy, exposure therapy, and drugs like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are currently employed to treat the condition.

The investigation included 15 men and 19 women between the ages of 25 and 52 years who were receiving supportive psychotherapy for PTSD. Sixteen participants also received Robuvit® daily for four weeks. PTSD symptoms and oxidative stress levels were assessed at the beginning and end of the study.

At the end of the treatment period, percentages of participants with recurrent memories and dreams, transient walking-dissociative states, reactive flashbacks/hallucinations, alarm reactions, intense emotional distress, emotional numbness, social disinterest, and detachment were all significantly lower among those treated with Robuvit® compared to standard management alone. Robuvit® supplementation was also associated with greater improvement in sleep difficulties, fatigue, irritability, and oxidative stress at the end of the study in comparison with standard management.

“The results of our study indicate a significant effect of Robuvit® on PTSD symptoms and oxidative stress levels over a relatively limited period of observation,” authors Gianni Belcaro and colleagues conclude. “The improvement with Robuvit® is faster and larger than that seen with standard management only. Supplementation is safe and well tolerated and may represent an important option in PTSD treatment.”


If you or a loved one has PTSD, you know how difficult it can be to find help. While the aid of a professional is essential, there are a few nutritional strategies that can also be employed.

Tip #1

PTSD has been associated with a reduction in total brain volume.1 Because having PTSD for a longer period of time correlates with more volume deterioration, it is recommended to address the condition as early as possible. Greater intake of omega-3 fatty acids has been linked with increased volume in several areas of the brain.1-2 Supplementation with omega-3 has also been found to help support those with PTSD, as indicated by a 12-week clinical trial of accident survivors.3
  1. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2010 Jun;23(2):124-9.
  2. Neurosci Lett. 2007 Jun 29;421(3):209-12.
  3. J Affect Disord. 2017 Dec 15;224:27-31.

Tip #2

Intake of an innovative form of magnesium known as magnesium L-threonate was associated with blockage of the return of old fear memories in rodents.4 Magnesium L-threonate’s ability to cross the blood-brain barrier could be the reason that this unique form of magnesium has been associated with brain-supportive effects.
  • 4. J Neurosci. 2011 Oct 19;31(42):14871-81.


Tip #3

L-theanine, an amino acid occurring in green tea, helps support a healthy response to stress.5
  • 5. Nutrients. 2016 Jan 19;8(1).

Tip #4

Psychological damage caused by traumatic brain injury is frequently misdiagnosed as PTSD. It is important for those believed to have PTSD to be thoroughly evaluated by a physician.


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