Thursday, 10 November 2011

Take Vitamin B to lower work stress

Taking more Vitamin B, found in meat, beans and wholegrains, seems to significantly lower work-related stress.

These were the findings of a three-month trial, conducted by Con Stough, professor at Swimburne University of Technology, where participants were given a course of either high dose vitamin B supplements or a placebo.

`By lowering stress, we also lower the risk of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, depression and anxiety,` Stough was quoted as saying by the journal Human Psychopharmacology.
Researchers assessed 60 participants against factors such as personality, work demands, mood, anxiety and strain and then re-evaluated them at 30 and 90 days, said Stough, according to a Swimburne statement.

`At the end of the three-month period, those in the Vitamin B group reported much lower levels of work stress than they did at the beginning of the trial,` Stough said.

`On the other hand, those in the placebo group showed no significant change,` he added.

`Vitamin B, which is found in whole unprocessed foods such as meat, beans and wholegrains, is integral to the synthesis of neurotransmitters critical to psychological wellbeing,` he said.

`But the reality is that many people don`t get enough Vitamin B from their diet, so they are turning to vitamin supplementation,` added Stough.



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