Key Nutrients Support Work Life Stress Management
Work-life “burnout” is presently not classified as a specific “condition” per se, but it’s a key cause of stress for many people. The mental, emotional and physical effects of work stress are well documented. Are there some key nutrients which can help your stressed out patients?
A 2018 study published in the journal Nutrients described how a combination of certain nutrients helped burned out workers cope better with their stress. In this study the key nutrients included:
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin B1
• Vitamin B2
• Vitamin B6
• Vitamin B12
• Pantothenic acid
• Folic acid
In this study, all of the 59 male and female participants age 18 to 65 had equivalent self-reported perceived issues with chronic stress and burnout. Prior to the study, all participants had elevated Perceived Stress Questionnaire (PSQ30) scores. Before the study began, the total PSQ30 score in the supplement group was 0.674 ± 0.124 and it was 0.664 ± 0.116 in the placebo group.
People taking dietary supplements or antidepressants prior to the study were excluded, as well as those with organic fatigue, phenylketonuria and chronic diarrhea.
After a 7-day pre-randomized adaptation phase, participants were randomly assigned to receive placebo or the supplement combination. They took the placebo or the supplements each morning for a 12-week period. At the end of the trial only the supplemented group had a total PSQ30 score that was lower than the inclusion criteria of less than 0.50 with a total reduction in the score of at least 0.25. In addition, at the end of the study the perception of overload, irritability, lack of joy, fatigue, and tension were significantly improved in the supplemented group compared to placebo.
The researchers concluded, “Daily supplementation with a specific amino acid composition with micronutrients in participants with chronic perceived stress and exhaustion conditions resulted in more beneficial effects compared with the placebo group after 12 weeks.”
Workplace stress can become a significant detrimental issue for many patients. This study adds to the growing research demonstrating how various supplemental nutrients may help this patient population.
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