“Taking high-dose vitamin B6 tablets has been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression by new research.” [Source: sciencedaily.com]
The findings of this study are consistent with previous research linking B vitamin deficiencies with depression. Supplements containing this group of nutrients have been scientifically shown to improve depression outcomes.
Other micronutrients can also be useful. A study published in 2016 found that omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce symptoms of even major depressive disorder. Examining 13 randomized placebo-controlled trials involving 1,233 participants suffering from the condition, the researchers noted that higher doses of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) were especially beneficial.
Similarly, a clinical trial published in 2017 found that magnesium supplements are effective in the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression. The researchers showed that daily supplementation with magnesium leads to a significant decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms regardless of a patient’s age, gender, baseline severity of depression, or use of antidepressant drugs. Noting that magnesium works quickly and is well tolerated, the study concluded that it may be a safe over-the-counter alternative to pharmaceutical medication.
To read about research showing that vitamin-rich Mediterranean-style diets may help prevent depression, see this article on our website.