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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.

Reference:

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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