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Study Finds You Can Take These Vitamins to Reduce Workplace Stress


vitamin B capsules A case of the Mondays. TGIF. Hostile work environment. More and more, we are developing phrases to encapsulate the amount of workplace stress Americans seem to be experiencing on an ever-increasing basis. But one family of nutrients may be able to help.

In fact, recent data shows that stress-related work claims are 50 percent higher than any other work-related claims.[1] Additionally, stress-related illnesses in the United States have increased by an astounding 560 percent over a six-year period.[2]

This is frightening when you consider that stress can manifest in:

  • Heart disease
  • Increased alcohol intake
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Depletion of key nutrients, namely vitamin B6

This last point is concerning, given that B vitamins in particular have been shown to help reduce stress. Similarly, previous studies have shown that a basic multivitamin can help to improve performance on a multitasking stressor assignment while also improving mood.[3]

But can a multivitamin high in B vitamins specifically reduce workplace stress? According to Australian researchers, it can.[4]

B-Complex and Workplace Stress

Researchers set out to determine if a standard multivitamin high in vitamin B complex (Blackmores Executive B Stress Formula) could reduce workplace stress. Secondarily, they also tested to see if a slow-release formula worked better, worse, or similar to a “normal” supplement.

Sixty participants age 32 to 52 were randomly divided into three groups: Executive B Stress, normal release; Executive B Stress, slow-release; or placebo. All groups worked either full-time (75 percent) or part-time (25 percent) and were asked to take two tablets each day for 90 days.

Participants also completed four stress-related questionnaires, which, among other things, measured:

  • Occupation stress
  • Psychological strain and coping resources
  • Role overload
  • Role insufficiency
  • Role ambiguity
  • Role boundaries
  • Responsibilities
  • Physical environment
  • Interpersonal strain

Researchers administered the tests at baseline, 30 days, and study conclusion at 90 days. They found that there was no difference between the normal release and slow-release supplements. As such, researchers combined these two arms of the treatment and viewed them as a single treatment instead.

They found that, between 30 days and 90 days, there was a 19 percent improvement in personal strain in the supplement group. Similarly, the supplement group showed improvement in tension/anxiety, depression, anger/hostility, fatigue and confusion.

Given this, researchers concluded, “The results of this study are suggestive of significant decreases in the experience of workplace stress after 90-day supplementation of a B complex vitamin.”


[1] Goetzel RZ et al. The relationship between modifiable health risks and health care expenditures: an analysis of the multi-employer HERO health risk and cost database. J Occup Environ Med. 1998;40(10):843-54.

[2] Hurrell JJ et al. Occupational Stress. Occupational and Environmental Health: Recognizing and Preventing Disease and Injury, 5th ed. Levy B, Wegman D, Baron S, Sokas R (Eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins:Philadelphia; 382-96.

[3] Wetherell MA and Sidgreaves MC. Short communications: Secretory immunoglobulin-A reactivity following increase in workload intensity using the Defined Intensity Stressor Simulation (DISS). Stress and Health. 2005;21:99-106.

[4] Stough, C et al. The effect of 90 day administration of a high dose vitamin B-complex on work stress. Hum Psychopharmacol Clin Exp. 2011;26:470-6.

[5] Zanoli P et al. Behavioral characterization of the flavonoids apigenin and chrysin. Fitoterapia. 2000;71:S117-S123.

Kimberly Day Kimberly Day has spent the past 15 years uncovering natural and alternative health solutions. She was the managing editor for several of the world’s largest health newsletters including those from Dr. Susan Lark, Dr. Julian Whittaker and Dr. Stephen Sinatra. She has also penned several health-related newsletter and magazine articles, co-authored the book the Hormone Revolution with Dr. Susan Lark, contributed articles to Lance Armstrong’s consumer site, and created a number of health-related websites and blogs.

For tips, tools and strategies to address your most pressing health concerns and make a positive difference in your life, visit Peak Health Advocate.

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2 responses to “Study Finds You Can Take These Vitamins to Reduce Workplace Stress”

  1. […] Researchers from the University of London reporting in The Lancet reveal that if you have a very stressful job and are not given the freedom to make decisions, your chances of experiencing a heart attack are 23 percent higher compared to people of similar age whose jobs are less stressful. The lead study author, Dr. Mika Kivimaki commented “Our findings indicate that job strain is associated with a small, but consistent, increased risk of experiencing a first CHD event such as a heart attack.” Also Read Stressed at Work? Try B Vitamins […]

  2. […] other nutrients play a critical role as well? Stress, anxiety, and other mental disorders may be reduced with regular multivitamin use, according to a study that found B-vitamins help alleviate stress induced by unpleasant […]