Thursday, June 09, 2005

The Vitamin B-12 / Depression Link

Can the amount of B-12 circulating through your body affect your depression rate? A team of researchers examining the relationship of vitamin B12 and the treatment of depression think so.

Current research suggests that taking vitamin B supplements may help people respond better to depression treatment.

In a study of 115 patients with depression, patients who responded fully to depression treatment had higher concentrations of vitamin B12 in their blood at the start and end of the study when compared to those who did not respond to treatment. The B-12 association remained constant despite the treatment recieved, lifestyle habits and genetic ties.

Previous research showed better treatment outcomes in patients who took vitamins B1, B2 and B6. These vitamins increase the levels of B12 in the body.

The B family of vitamins are known for their overall benefit for mood, mental clarity, and energy. I would highly recommend a quality B supplement for all -- and especially for those who are in need of a mood pick-me-up or improved focus and cognitive skills. It can't hurt (if taken as directed) and certainly can help. Give it a try!


Anonymous said...

I have been taking b6 and b12 supplements for about a month now and my energy level is still low. My diet is faily good although I have'nt exercised much lately. Should I continue on the with an addition of b complex as well.
Searching for answers

Anonymous said...

sublingual or methyl b12 is best some people need the shots or if you are a woman between 35-55 consider DIM as a supplement.