Nutrients and Depression: What is The Relation?

These are some of the vitamins that have been shown to affect our mood: 

Vitamin B's (especially B1, B2 and B6)

  • 10 times of RDA were used in study shown to improve mood

Folic Acid (B9)

  • Study shows that the average level of folic acid is about 25% lower in patients with depression
  • Daily intake of 500 mcg can help improve the effects of anti-depressants
  • Important nutrient for the metabolism of our brain

Minerals and our mood also have strong relation:


  • Antidepressants like SSRI can affect the absorption of calcium into bone

Magnesium (Mg)

  • Deficiency of Mg links to depression
  • Study shows that patients with depression are shown to have significant improvement after 7 days of Mg (Mg glycinate & Mg taurinate) supplementation


  • Linked to depression too


  • Researches show that selenium helps to improve depression and anxiety


  • Low level of zinc is also linked to depression
  • Enhances the effects of antidepressants
  • Protects brain cells from free radicals damage
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