Sydney: 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
"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,"