During times of stress, your body may need increased levels of 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.
Foods rich in thiamine include fish, nuts, seeds and green peas.
Thiamine is needed for:
Foods rich in niacin include beetroot, beef liver & kidney, fish and seeds.
Niacin is needed for:
Food sources of pyridoxine include bananas, beef / turkey liver, tuna and chick peas.
Pyridoxine is needed for:
Food sources of folate include broccoli, spinach and dried legumes (chick peas, lentils, beans).
Folate is needed for:
Food sources include fish, meat (especially liver), poultry and dairy.
Vitamin B12 is needed for:
The B group vitamins are not stored b y 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).