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Stressed? You may need more Vitamin B!

The research into the importance of B Vitamins for dealing with stress is well documented. One study coming out of Swinburne University in Melbourne found that participants taking a Vitamin B-Complex supplement reported a 20% reduction in work related stress. This is in contrast to the control group in the study, who were given a placebo and reported no significant change in stress levels.

Vitamin B is not one vitamin, rather it is a group of vitamins that can help support our bodies during stressful times. Let’s look at each of the B Vitamins that can help support your body during stressful times, and why each is important.

VITAMIN B1: THIAMINE

Foods rich in thiamine include fish, nuts, seeds and green peas.

Thiamine is needed for:

  • Maintaining nerve health
  • Mood regulation
  • Energy production
  • May play a role in memory and concentration

VITAMIN B3: NIACIN

Foods rich in niacin include beetroot, beef liver & kidney, fish and seeds.

Niacin is needed for:

  • Supporting the digestive system
  • Mood regulation (B3 deficiency can lead to depression, irritability, stress and mood disturbances)
  • Energy production
  • Control of blood sugar and nerve health

VITAMIN B6: PYRIDOXINE

Food sources of pyridoxine include bananas, beef / turkey liver, tuna and chick peas.

Pyridoxine is needed for:

  • Helping manufacture neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which aids in the body’s ability to cope with depression, stress and anxiety
  • immune system support

VITAMIN B9: FOLATE / FOLIC ACID

Food sources of folate include broccoli, spinach and dried legumes (chick peas, lentils, beans).

Folate is needed for:

  • Energy production

VITAMIN B12: CYANOCOBALAMIN

Food sources include fish, meat (especially liver), poultry and dairy.

Vitamin B12 is needed for:

  • General brain support
  • Supports melatonin and serotonin production (both of which are critical to mood, relaxation and sleep

CONSIDER A VITAMIN B COMPLEX SUPPLEMENT

The B group vitamins are not stored by the body like many other vitamins and minerals. Whatever B Vitamins you eat that are not absorbed by your body are excreted within hours. As such, a Vitamin B Complex like Nature’s Way Mega-B taken daily might be of benefit, particularly during times of stress when we tend to neglect our body and diet. Taking a Vitamin B Complex supplement is a good way to ‘top up’ your daily vitamin B levels and, research suggests, may be an effective way to reduce stress levels (or at least better equip our bodies with the right nutrition to deal with stress).

We have a range of Nature’s Way vitamins in-store. Come and see us today! Our friendly pharmacists will be able to help pick the right Vitamins for you!

 

Article by Nature’s Way. Content originally published at: http://www.naturesway.com.au/article/stressed-may-need-b-vitamins/

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