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High dose B-vitamins relieve work stress

Work stress is an enormous problem accounting for more health care claims than any other illness and can affect wellbeing and quality of life.  A simple B vitamin supplement may be part of the solution. When I work with clients coping with stress I often turn to B Vitamins to help them cope better. This is because when the body is dealing with stress it burns up b vitamins more quickly which can then leave you feeling low in energy and mood.

B vitamins have been shown to improve general mood and wellbeing and may improve performance under stress. A recent study shows that a high dose B vitamin supplement could improve mood and psychological strain associated with chronic work stress, 60 men and women took a high potency B vitamin for 12 weeks. At the end of the study assessments of personality, work demands, mood, anxiety and strain revealed that the B vitamin supplement significantly reduced personal strain, confusion and depressed or dejected mood. There were however no changes in other measures of mood and anxiety.


Stough C, Scholey A, Lloyd J, Spong J, Myers S, Downey LA. The effect of 90 day administration of a high dose vitamin B-complex on work stress. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2011 Sep 8. doi: 10.1002/hup.1229. [Epub ahead of print]

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