Stress Busting B Vitamins!

You may already know that the vitamin B complex is great for energy. But did you know it is also a stress buster? A recent study of 60 people over a three month period, double-blind, randomized and placebo controlled, showed that those who took a vitamin B complex supplement showed a reduction in confusion, workplace stress, and personal strain, and also showed a lowering of depressed mood. Although this particular study concerned workplace stress, several other previous studies showed the same effect for non-workplace related stress. A deficiency in B vitamins can cause psychiatric disorders like dementia, psychosis, anxiety and depression. Some B vitamins can actually increase the effectiveness of traditional antidepressants. Obviously, then, keeping up your body’s levels of vitamin B complex is a good idea, and this can be done by eating the foods that contain these vitamins. There is no one particular food that contains all the B vitamins, but it is easy to find them in many foods. Let’s look at what makes up B Complex. B Complex is made up of the 8 B vitamins: B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B6 (Pyrodoxine), B7 (Biotin), B9 (Folate), and B12 (Cobalamin). Below is a list of the 8 B vitamins, some of their additional benefits, and some of the foods that contain them. B1- Thiamine. This B vitamin helps make new cells, protects the immune system and helps break down simple carbohydrates. It is found in the following foods: wheat germ peanuts beans spinach kale blackstrap molasses B2 – Riboflavin. B2 is an antioxidant that fights free radicals. It also helps in red blood cell production and may help with migraines. It is found in: almonds wild rice milk yogurt eggs Brussels sprouts spinach soybeans B3 – Niacin. B3 boosts HDL cholesterol, which is the good cholesterol. You can get this B vitamin from: yeast red meat eggs beans chicken tuna split peas B5 – Pantothenic acid.   B5 breaks down fats and carbohydrates, produces sex- and stress-related hormones, and gives you healthy skin.   It’s found in most foods in small amounts, but is most prevalent in: avocados yogurt eggs meat beans B6 – Pyrodoxine. This vitamin helps regulate levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to heart disease. It’s also essential for good sleep as it helps produce serotonin, melatonin and norepinephrine. It possibly also helps reduce inflammation in sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.   It is readily available in: chicken turkey tuna salmon lentils sunflower seeds cheese brown rice carrots B7 – Biotin. Biotin promotes healthy hair, skin and nails, and helps regulate...