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Vitamins Boost Energy and Mood in People Prone to Depression

Update Date: Jul 16, 2013 05:47 PM EDT

A new study reveals that vitamin and mineral supplements can help enhance mental energy and well being in people prone to anxiety and depression.

The research presented at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo suggested that vitamins and mineral supplements can be the alternative to increasing psychiatric drugs for symptom relief of anxiety and depression.

Lead researchers Bonnie Kaplan said the supplements could also provide the mental energy needed to manage stress, enhance mood and reduce fatigue.

The study, which included 97 adults with diagnosed mood disorders, revealed that participants with a higher intake of vitamins and minerals were significantly more likely to experience enhanced mental functioning.

Vitamins that have been shown to enhance mood include 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5 HTP), Vitamins B and D, as well as ginkgo biloba and Omega 3.

The latest study also revealed that most adults define energy throughout the day as peaking mid-morning, falling to a valley in the afternoon after lunch and recovering with a pickup in late afternoon, settling back down before bedtime.

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