Depression has proven to be the most common type of mental illness and is increasing among American citizens. Fortunately, the effect of improved nutrition, particularly with natural supplements has proven to provide an alternative treatment as opposed to medical prescriptions.
According to the US National Library of Medicine, a study was performed to evaluate the productivity of a vitamin B complex nutritional supplement for the improvement of depression and anxiety symptoms. The participants of the study were assessed at baseline and again at 30 and 60 day followups. These B-Complex Vitamins showed a significant improvement in decreasing the symptoms of depression and anxiety among the participants (60 adults).
In conclusion, B-Complex Vitamins improve mood elevation, energy, and brain power which can effectively decrease depression and anxiety symptoms. There are other vitamins that can effectively reduce depression symptoms by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. Read my article discussing the 10 best vitamins for depression, with vitamin B appearing on that list.
Why should you get Vitamin B?
B-Complex Vitamins help your body make energy from the food you consume and thereby form red blood cells. However, while most people who eat a varied, nutritional diet can get a plentiful amount of B vitamins from food (meat, dairy, leafy greens, peas, and whole grains), there is still an abundance of people who are at an increased rick of Vitamin B deficiency such as those who:
- Take prescription antacids
- Drink alcohol frequently
- Are vegetarian or vegan
- Over the age of 50
- Have stomach or small intestine disorders
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
Overall, B-Complex Vitamins can help not only with physical health conditions such as heart disease and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but can also immensely improve mental conditions such as depression and anxiety. I urge you to consume your B Vitamins as you will definitely notice an improvement on your physical and mental health.