by Frannie Cotton
(Sacramento, California, USA)
There are thousands of people worldwide that suffer from depression and symptoms of this disorder might include being constantly sad, feeling down, tiredness, irritability, lack of interest in activities and more.
Depression can be brought on following stressful or traumatic times or from a chemical imbalance. In some cases, vitamin deficiency could be a contributing factor for depression and in these cases an intake of certain vitamins could assist in the recovery process.
A change of lifestyle is always a good step in the right direction for depression recovery. By changing to a healthy diet, adding some exercise into your life and even taking some vitamin supplements for those that you might be lacking, can all make a big difference in your mood and thoughts and each of these changes can help in your road to recovery.
Some studies have shown that if a person has a vitamin deficiency that it can affect the person’s mood. If you suffer from depression or any mood disorder then your vitamin intake is one thing to take a look at and if you think you are not receiving enough vitamins then try to increase your intake through your diet or take a vitamin supplement.
Some of the vitamins that have shown to help with depression are:
Vitamin B-complex – this vitamin plays a part in being mentally and emotionally well balanced. This vitamin cannot be stored in the body so it must be taken on a daily basis to ensure adequate intake. There are also many substances that can destroy B vitamins, such as caffeine, alcohol and nicotine, so it is best to try and avoid these substances.
Vitamin B1 or Thiamine – this is a much needed vitamin that helps toconvert glucose into fuel so that the brain can function well. Without adequate intake of Vitamin B1 a person can become irritable, anxious, tired or depressed. Lack of this vitamin can also result in constipation, lack of appetite, memory problems and insomnia.
Vitamin B3 or Niacin – deficiency of vitamin B3 can result in physical and mental slowness, agitation and anxiety.
Vitamin B5 or Pyridoxine – this vitamin assists in production of amino acids which are vital building blocks for protein and other hormones. Vitamin B5 is essential for the production of melatonin, dopamine and serotonin, all hormones that are needed to ensure a healthy and happy mind. Vitamin B5 deficiency can also result in mental confusion and weakened immunity.
Vitamin B12 – which the body needs to form red blood cells and a deficiency can result in pernicious anaemia which can result in mood swings, dementia, paranoia, irritability, hallucinations, confusion and other problems.
Vitamin C – is essential for a healthy body and mind particularly during stressful times or while pregnant or breastfeeding.
The vitamins listed above are all essential for a healthy mind and body and unfortunately many people are lacking in many of these vitamins. Although vitamin deficiency may not be the full cause of a person’s depression, by making sure that you have an adequate daily intake of vitamins and minerals is one step in the right direction toward beating depression.
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