Can Vitamin Supplements Improve Your Mood?

By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.

Yes, say researchers at UK’s University of Swansea who reviewed eight previous studies.  Adding up the findings in those earlier studies, they found that standard over-the-counter vitamin and mineral supplements have a beneficial effect on perceived stress, mild psychiatric symptoms, and aspects of everyday mood in healthy individuals.

Among the individual supplements, they said, those containing high doses of B vitamins may be the most effective in elevating mood states. B vitamins are known for their association with nervous system integrity.

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My Viewpoint: The body is a marvelous and complex instrument that is dependent, among other things, on the adequate intake of a wide variety of nutrients. For instance, the brain and nervous system run, for better or worse, on the quality of the food that you eat. Eat poorly and the whole body suffers, including the biochemical processes in the brain that regulate mood.  Modern lifestyle, with its emphasis on convenience, calorie-rich and nutrient-poor food, often shortchanges the body. This study fortifies my long-standing opinion that you need to supplement your diet.

What This Means to You: Help elevate your mood with nutritional supplementation.

Recommendation: Start with a high-quality mult-vitamin and mineral.

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