Is vitamin B12 and folate good for depression?
Have you experienced any mood changes recently? It may be time to book an appointment with your doctor. Your body may be lacking in two essential vitamins: folate (folic acid) and B12. Many studies now point to the fact that vitamin B12 and folate is good for treating depression.
Vitamin B12 & Folate
Numerous studies have found a direct link between depression and low levels of folate and vitamin B12.
For example, studies in Hong Kong and Taiwan populations showed that people who follow traditional Chinese diets rich in folate do experience depression. However, they have fewer lifetime rates of major depression.
It was also found that people respond better to antidepressants when their folate levels are within a normal range.
Folate and B12 are essential for children and women of all ages, especially pregnant women. One study showed that pregnant women with slightly low-normal Vitamin B12 levels were 3.82 times more likely to experience depression.
There is no doubt that vitamin B12 and folate is good for treating depression.
Food as Medicine
Please know that you do not have to struggle through stress and depression on your own. It helps to have someone to talk to. If you would like extra guidance on how to cope with depression, book in for a therapy session with Laurinda today.
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