Stress “B” Gone: The effect of Kava Kava, B vitamins, and vitamin C on stress relief
Buried Treasure™ Stress “B” Gone is a natural, comprehensive liquid formula to help protect the body against stressors while promoting relaxation during times of stress. Stress “B” Gone works fast and is assimilated quickly to help you ease out of stress and into relaxation (1).
The 3 key ingredients of Stress “B” Gone
Stress “B” Gone contains 3 key ingredients that protect the body against stressors while simultaneously promoting relaxation – kava kava root, B complex vitamins, and vitamin C.
- Kava Kava Root
Kava kava (Piper methysticum), also called simply ‘kava,’ is a tropical evergreen shrub native to the South Pacific Islands and member of the nightshade plant family (2). In its native lands, kava kava has been used hundreds of years as a ceremonial drink during rituals and social gatherings and to promote relaxation.
To be processed into a consumable product, the roots of kava kava are first ground into a paste. Afterward, the paste is mixed with water and strained before consumption. Currently, kava kava is available in the form of tea, capsule, power, liquid, and as an ingredient in select supplements.
The primary active component of this plant (making up 3-20% of the root’s dry weight) is kavalactones. Kavalactones have be specifically studied for their stress-reducing and anti-anxiety properties. Breaking down the action of kavalactones scientifically, they are thought to inhibit the breakdown of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that decreases the activity of your nervous system, producing a calming effect and reducing stress (3).
Kava kava has also proven to be an effective sleep aid, making it a common alternative to addictive sleep medications.
- B Vitamins
B vitamins, or the B-complex, are a group of eight vitamins that play important roles in several body processes. These include – thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, folate, and cobalamin (4). All B vitamins are water-soluble and not stored or produced by the body, meaning they must be consumed daily. They are found in several different foods, including meat, grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.
Some functions these vitamins provide to the body include antioxidant power, converting food to energy in the digestive process, cell growth and DNA repair, hormone production, and neurological production (4).
Of the complex of B vitamins, one in particular, vitamin B5 – also known as Pantothenic Acid – along with many other functions, plays and important role in the production of stress-related hormones in the adrenal glands (5). The adrenal glands are small organs above the kidneys and are a key support system during times of stress, releasing hormones (like cortisol and/or adrenaline) in response. A deficiency in pantothenic acid and adrenal fatigue may lead to tiredness, apathy, depression, irritability, or insomnia.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C—also known as ascorbic acid—is a water-soluble vitamin found in an abundant number of vegetables and fruits, primarily citrus fruits, but also can be found in strawberries, kiwi fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, kale and spinach (6). This vitamin is also ‘essential,’ which means it cannot be produced by the body and must be consumed.
Vitamin C plays an important role in several vital body processes and is well-known for is support of a healthy immune system, antioxidant power, and assistance in improving anxiety, stress, depression, fatigue and mood.
As an antioxidant, clinical studies have shown that vitamin C plays an important therapeutic role in combating the damage caused by oxidative stress in individuals that suffer from anxiety (7). Also, these studies provided evidence that vitamin C not only assists with reducing anxiety, but showed antioxidants as a possible prevention/reduction of anxiety. Suggesting that supplementing with vitamin C may be an effective addition to medical and psychological treatment of anxiety, depression, fatigue and mood.
Along with its antianxiety and stress-relieving capabilities, vitamin C also plays a role in keeping bones strong, helps with iron absorption, aids in healing, and promotes healthy aging.
Daily requirements and upper limits of B vitamins, vitamin C, and kavalactones
Like more supplements or medicinal substances excessive and improper use can lead to mild to serious side effects. With vitamins and minerals, it is possible to receive a megadose (taking over the daily limits) of vitamins and minerals, which is also potentially harmful.
Each B vitamin has a specific recommended daily amount that varies depending on gender and age. Also, needs are higher in pregnant and lactating women, while infants and children need less (4).
The recommended daily amount of vitamin C is 90mg for adult men and for adult women is 75mg (6).
Current recommendations for kavalactones is 120–280mg a day with a maximum usage of 4–8 weeks (3).
Important usage information for kavalactones – Kava kava has been proven to be safe and effective with short-term use only (4-8 weeks at a time). Also, if you choose to supplement with kava, choose a reputable brand. Serious side effects, like liver damage, occurs with supplement adulteration or the use of less expensive parts of the kava plant, such as the leaves or stems, instead of the roots (3).
Seek advice from a medical professional
It is always important to seek the advice of a trusted medical professional if you are taking a new supplement. Especially if you are already taking medications that may have adverse interactions with any ingredients in this supplement.
Can Stress “B” Gone help with your daily stress?
As shown above, the main ingredients in Stress “B” Gone have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing stress and promoting relaxation.
If you are having difficulties reducing stress in your daily life, this supplement may provide you a natural aid to add to your routine. From fatigue to depression to anxiety to general mood support, Stress “B” Gone may be the perfect boost you need for a productive day.
Author: Allison Lansman, RDN, LD
Allison Lansman is a Registered Dietitian (RD), freelance nutrition and health writer, and wellness blogger. She is the owner/operator of The Freelance RD writing service and blog. Her business provides mainly writing services, but also product development, educational services and brand partnerships.
As an RD, Allison embraces a modern approach to nutrition and wellness. She believes we benefit most from building positive, balanced connections between mind, body, food, and environment. And she is passionate about sharing that philosophy through wellness communication and writing.
Her educational background is through Iowa State University, where she completed both her undergraduate degree and dietetics internship. She is currently studying towards an Masters in Public Health.