You Are What Supplements You Take
What a person eats or consumes can have a significant effect on a person’s mood. Feeling mildly depressed, anxious, or having low energy are common symptoms of certain vitamin deficiencies. Many patients can experience an elevation in mood by taking B6, zinc, or vitamin D.
1. Benefits of B
The B family of vitamins is associated with a range of health benefits. Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, has significant health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Because B6 is part of the process involved in making neurotransmitters like serotonin and GABA, a B6 deficiency can cause mood drops and changes. Research has shown that a B6 supplement can help to reduce irritability and even regulate mood swings associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
2. A natural antidepressant
Zinc is a mineral commonly found in meat products, poultry, and seafood. Many people struggle to maintain adequate zinc levels. This can lead to mood changes. Zinc has even been called the antidepressant vitamin. New studies have shown that zinc levels are directly correlated to depression levels. The vitamin also has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties that can help people avoid sickness. Overconsumption of this nutrient can have adverse effects, so patients should always check with a healthcare provider before starting a new supplement.
3. The sunshine vitamin and your mood
Recent studies have shown that vitamin D supplements can have a direct effect on improving mood in individual patients. Besides improving calcium absorption, vitamin D also activates a process to create neurotransmitters, such as serotonin. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), in which people experience depression during colder months, may be associated with lower vitamin D levels due to lack of sunlight. Patients suffering from more depressed moods should ask a healthcare provider about vitamin D supplementation.
Other mood-boosting strategies
Taking certain supplements is one strategy in a well-rounded plan to treat depression or regulate mood drops. People will also benefit from maintaining a regular sleep schedule, eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, and exercising regularly. In some cases, patients with mood disorders may need to also take prescription medication to effectively treat lowered moods.
Is a supplement right for you?
Not all supplements are created equal. The quality of the product, the dosage, and ingredients can vary in supplements. Speak with a healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information on starting a new mood-boosting supplement.