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Iron Deficiency May Make Women More Prone To Depression


Insufficient amounts of iron in the body may lead to psychosocial health consequences such as depression among women of reproductive age, according to new research.


Published in the Journal of Nutrition, this research suggests that iron deficiency may increase the likelihood of depressive symptoms occurring in women of reproductive age, particularly those with lower economic status. Based on data from the United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the findings reveal a 1.3 times higher probability of depression when iron levels are insufficient.

The research highlights a clear association between iron status and mental health problems. In doing so it adds to the growing body of evidence that nutritional medicine approaches can play a key role in the control and alleviation of depression. Micronutrients found to be of particular benefit in this respect include omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, magnesium, curcumin, vitamin D, vitamin C, and acetyl-l-carnitine.

To learn about research showing that vitamin-rich Mediterranean diets may help prevent depression, see this article on our website.