Personal stress is a major risk factor for relapse in alcoholism, addiction and compulsive gambling.

Vitamin B supplements are commonly recommended for recovering alcoholics and addicts for their brain cell rebuilding capacity.

This research report while aimed at work stress confirms the ability for vitamin B to effectively reduce stress.

The effect of 90 day administration of a high dose vitamin B-complex on work stress

Objective

Occupational stress is increasing in Western societies and the impact is significant at a personal, organisational and community level. The present study examined for the first time the efficacy of 3 months administration of two forms of high dose vitamin B complex on mood and psychological strain associated with chronic work stress.

Method

Sixty participants completed the 3-month, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial in which personality, work demands, mood, anxiety and strain were assessed.

Results

After individual differences in personality and work demands were statistically controlled, the vitamin B complex treatment groups reported significantly lower personal strain and a reduction in confusion and depressed/dejected mood after 12 weeks. There were no treatment-related changes in other measures of mood and anxiety.

Discussion

The results of the study are consistent with two previous studies examining multivitamin supplementation and personal (non-work) feelings of strain and suggestive of significant decreases in the experience of workplace stress after 90 day supplementation of a B multivitamin.

Conclusion

Given the direct and indirect costs of workplace stress, these findings point to the utility of a cost-effective treatment for the mood and psychological strain effects of occupational stress. These findings may have important personal health, organisational and societal outcomes given the rising cost and incidence of workplace stress.

Stough, C., Scholey, A., Lloyd, J., Spong, J., Myers, S. and Downey, L. A. (2011), The effect of 90 day administration of a high dose vitamin B-complex on work stress. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental. doi: 10.1002/hup.1229