To B, or Not To B - Vitamin B March 19 2015 1 Comment

Pop-quiz, champs:

Which of the following is the #1 cause of health problems?

a)     Cat allergies
b)     Kite-flying accidents
c)     Stinging jellyfish
d)     Stress

And the answer is… You guessed it, kite-flying accidents!

Okay, not really. Save for Benjamin Franklin, most people manage to avoid injurious kite-flying experiences. Actually, it’s stress that is reported to be the #1 cause of health problems.

The symptoms of stress can negatively impact you physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally. Those uncontrollable anger outbursts, stomach problems, feelings of anxiety, and persistent headaches you’ve been fighting can all be linked to spending your time wallowing in stress. Even worse, chronic stress can contribute to major health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Yikes!

Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to reduce the effects of stress on your body, such as exercising, eating healthy, practicing relaxation techniques, and turning your office into a full-scale ball pit full of those squishy stress-relief orbs.

When replacing the floor of your workspace with an industrial ball pit isn’t possible though, there’s an even easier, more effective solution: vitamin B.

B vitamins play a major role in the activities of enzymes, proteins that regulate every chemical reaction in our body. Vitamins B2, B6, and B12 can help maintain nerve health, muscle tone, and proper brain function, and proper levels of B12 can regulate the body's response to stress. Some medical practitioners even claim that deficiencies in B vitamins can weaken the immune system and make the body more vulnerable to cancer.

But how do we increase our intake of B vitamins? Well actually, vitamin B in all of its forms is found in many natural food sources, including:  green leafy vegetables, mushrooms, peas, watermelon, citrus fruits, bananas, potatoes, eggs, chicken, lean red meats, pork, seafood, liver, dairy products, dried beans and whole grains. In addition, vitamin B complex is available in supplement form, and is a great complement to your diet if you are having a hard time getting in all of the fruits and veggies that you need. Vitamin B-complex contains the entire spectrum of B vitamins to support adrenal, neurological, and stress-related functions. Hooray, one less thing to stress about!

American Cancer Society - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Mayo Clinic - Stress Management

Elanie Girlando
Elanie graduated with a BA degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and an MS degree in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa. She enjoys all things biology, ecology, health, and science. Elanie is an amateur but avid chef, and she loves to find new ways to make healthy living the most delicious and exciting experience it can be.