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A Multivitamin A Day Keeps the Blues Away: Study Finds Vitamin Pills Enhance Mood and Energy

Update Date: Mar 04, 2013 09:46 AM EST

Taking a multivitamin a day could keep the blues away, according to a new study.

A new study, published in the Nutrition Journal, found that daily multivitamin supplements significantly enhanced a person's mood and energy.

Researchers at the Swinburne University of Technology said that the latest study is the first to examine the subjective experience of taking a multivitamin during a clinical trial.

In the latest study of the commercial product Swisse Ultivite F1 formulations, researchers found that those who took a daily multivitamin felt they had more energy and experienced better mood.

What's more, participants who took a daily multivitamin also reported having better sleep.

"There is much traditional evidence of the actions of vitamins and minerals on physiology and health, however there is a paucity of randomized controlled clinical trials examining the effects of multivitamins on brain health," chief investigator of the large multivitamin clinical trial Dr Andrew Pipingas said in a statement.

"The results of this study, taken together with a recently published Meta-Analysis, suggest that multivitamins may help with enhancing energy and mood," Pipingas added.

Researchers said that the latest study is actually part of a larger trial investigation the effects of taking a multivitamin supplement over a period of four months in people between the ages of 20 and 50.  The study will assess participants' cognition, mood, stress and other health outcomes.

Researchers said that 114 men and women participated in the study.  Half of the participants took a vitamin (the Swisse Men's or Women's Ultivite F1 formulations) and the other half of the participants took a placebo supplement.

The study was a double blind experiment, meaning that neither the participants nor the study investigators knew whether participants were taking a multivitamin or placebo.

At the end of the four-month study, participants were asked open-ended questions about how they felt during the supplementation period in terms of any positive, negative or unusual experiences.

When the researchers compared the answers, they found that participants who took the vitamins experienced significant increased energy and enhanced mood compared to those in the placebo group.  People who took the daily multivitamins reported feeling more energetic, alert and in a better emotional state.

Researchers noted that no negative effects were reported in the study.  

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