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Common Vitamin May Help Depression According to Research

minerals for depressionIt is currently known that vitamin C is involved in neurotransmitter synthesis, as well as being a key part of dopamine conversion into nor-epinephrine, a chemical that is vital to mood regulation, among other key chemical reactions in the body.

In a recently published study, researchers have found a positive correlation between vitamin C intake and effectively treating depression.

With this information in mind, the team of researchers wanted to find evidence that taking the vitamin as a supplement could help those with depression triggered by chemical imbalances.

The study took a sampling of 30 individuals that had been diagnosed with depression and tested their vitamin C levels against healthy individuals in the same geographical area.

Findings indicated a significant difference in vitamin C levels

The control group having the highest levels of vitamin C. This means that the healthy group had significant and consistently higher levels of vitamin C in their system than those suffering with depressive symptoms.

These results may prove that without micro-nutrient balance, the body falls into disorder in such a way that affects neurotransmitter and/or hormonal balance.

While this study did not aim to prove whether the lack of vitamin C was either causative or contributory, it did offer more proof to the argument that depression is caused by internal imbalances.

Going forward, this research can be used by doctors and patients seeking more natural means of healing. It suggests that something as simple as taking C supplements can have a beneficial effect on treatment for depression while explaining why so many depressed individuals have currently not been reacting positively to treatment methods.

Indications for Doctors

These findings suggest that doctors might do well to institute micro-nutrient testing before prescribing a healing protocol. If simple and side-effect-free solutions can be found, why not test?

Indications for Consumers

Whether or not you are getting 5-9 servings of high vitamin C fruits or vegetables daily, you should consider supplementing vitamin C to discover if it helps with your mood. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin, which means that your body does not store it for future use. You need an adequate, daily supply.

Additionally, you’ll want the most highly absorbed vitamin C, which is the liposomal form of vitamin C. Beware of vitamin C formulations with added sugars, soy, fillers, BPA, artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners, and genetically modified ingredients, such as corn. Why put added chemicals and harmful substances in your body when you are trying to heal?

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Common Vitamin May Help Depression According to Research

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.

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Bundrant, M. (2015). Common Vitamin May Help Depression According to Research. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 2, 2020, from


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