All You Need To Know About Stress B-Complex
We live in an incredibly stressful world. Between traffic, work, demands at home, and current events, life can sometimes feel totally out of control. It’s easy to become burdened by of all this stress. Chronic, uncontrolled stress is incredibly harmful to your health and well-being, maybe even more than a poor diet or a sedentary lifestyle. Stress does need to be managed so it doesn’t take over your life. There are many things you can do to reduce the effect of stress on your health, such as meditation, changing your mindset, exercise, taking a stress b-complex, and self-care – check out some of our favorites here!
Nutrition can help also, in two different ways. First, chronic stress depletes our bodies of critical nutrients, promoting inflammation, causing damage from free radicals and increasing risk of chronic disease. Also, certain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and herbs can actually help our bodies physically manage stress better and are necessary to help with relaxation and maintaining a sense of calm. Our Stress B-complex supplement was developed to tackle stress in both ways. It includes the most important B-vitamins involved in stress management, as well as the minerals calcium and magnesium known for their role in relaxation. It also has an herbal blend with powerful herbs shown to help you feel calmer right away. These ingredients have been carefully selected for their ability to help support you in times of stress, counteract inflammation and oxidative damage, and help replenish the body of critical nutrients.
What is B-Complex?
First, we started with the most well-known stress vitamins, B-complex. The phrase B-complex may sound like a combination or group of vitamins that work together. But, this is not exactly true. B-complex is actually eight individual water-soluble vitamins that each play a different role in the body and are particularly beneficial for stress management. These vitamins are found widely in food, especially meat, cereals, and green vegetables, but are used up and depleted during times of extreme stress. Here is a brief breakdown of each and their role in the body and how they help manage stress:
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
- Helps the body make energy from carbohydrates.
- Needed for a properly functioning brain and nervous system.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- Helps activate other B-vitamins and use food for energy.
- Important for the health of the nervous system and eyes.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
- Needed for the production of hormones, including those that manage stress.
- Helps with digestive function and DNA repair.
- Is needed to help the body use other B-vitamins properly.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)
- Plays a role in the production of stress hormones and the function of the adrenal glands.
- Breaks down fat and carbohydrates for energy.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
- Needed to store protein and carbohydrates from food.
- Required for over 100 chemical reactions including regulating mood and the body’s internal clock.
- Helps boost the immune system and maintain brain health.
- Helps the body use fats, proteins, and carbohydrates for energy
- Needed for bone and hair growth.
- Helps the body maintain healthy DNA, which can be damaged during times of stress.
- Prevents certain birth defects.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
- Helps maintain a healthy nervous system.
- Required for new red blood cells.
As you can see these are important vitamins for the body, with their most critical role being that they help us use food for energy. But, they also have a lot of other functions, including helping the body manage stress.
What Does B-Complex Do for Stress?
As you have seen B-vitamins play several roles in the body, but without them, we would not be able to manage stress at all. A deficiency in any of these vitamins can cause severe physical stress. For example, a thiamine deficiency can cause brain damage, increase oxidative stress, and trigger inflammation. A deficiency in folate increases reactive oxygen species in the brain, leading to poor brain function, and inability to manage stress properly. Many B-vitamins are also precursors to neurotransmitters involved in mood regulation and stress management, such as serotonin. This important role in helping to manage stress is why we included all eight of these special vitamins in our Stress B-complex Stress Support supplement, helping you feel calmer right away.
Minerals: Calcium and Magnesium
Calcium and magnesium are two important minerals that help muscles relax. Most adults are not consuming enough of either, with adult men being the most deficient, which is why we knew we needed to include it in our supplement.
Calcium is an important mineral that keeps bones strong and helps reduce anxiety and irritability. It is necessary for proper muscle function, helping with relaxation. Additionally, during times of stress, our bodies excrete calcium as it is used up in the stress response. Therefore, it is important to get enough calcium during that time, to help replace what has been lost.
Magnesium has frequently been referred to as the “relaxation mineral”. Without magnesium, our muscles would remain tense and never be able to relax. Serotonin, which helps balance our mood, requires magnesium for production, so a deficiency can result in depression and unbalanced emotions.
Herbal and Antioxidant Blend
Lastly, our stress support supplement contains a blend of herbs and nutrients that have been found to help reduce stress right away: PABA, Hops, Chamomile, Valerian Root, and Passion Flower. A deficiency in PABA, an antioxidant found in folic acid, can result in depression and irritability. Hops, Chamomile, Valerian Root, and Passion Flower have all been used for centuries to help reduce anxiety and to promote relaxation and to improve sleep. Our particular blend was designed to manage anxiety and help with immediate relaxation, reducing the overall impact of stress on your health and life.
How Much B-complex Should I Take?
The recommended dosage for our Stress B-complex is three tablets once a day with a meal. It is recommended to start with this dosage for a few days, preferably at night, and see how you feel. The B-vitamins in the product are water-soluble; therefore the risk of toxicity is low. High doses of magnesium can cause diarrhea, but the dose in this supplement alone is not enough to do that. Be sure you check other supplements you are taking for their magnesium content so you don’t overdo it. If you feel overly sleepy because of the herbal blend, then it’s ok to back off and take two tablets instead of three.
Our Stress B-complex is a great addition to other healthy lifestyle choices to help you cope and manage this stressful life in a more relaxed and effective way.