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Vitamins for Depression March 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Danielle Brigance @ 9:28 pm

Last weekend I was home alone while Jacob and Lexi were visiting family.  On Saturday night I started looking up spiritual and natural ways to help depression.  I do take an anti-depressant and am seeing a therapist and psychiatrist.  But, I don’t want to be doing those things forever.  So, if there’s a more natural way for me to be more stable I would like to do that.

I found this site: depression.about.com  It has some amazing information!

Vitamin B1 (thiamine)- The brain uses this vitamin to help convert glucose into fuel.  Without it the brain rapidly runs out of energy.  This can lead to fatigue, depression, irritability, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide.  Deficiencies can also cause memory problems, loss of appetite, insomnia, and gastrointestinal disorders.  The consumption of refined carbohydrates drains the body’s B1 supply.

Vitamin B3 (niacin)- Deficiencies cause psychosis, dementia, agitation, anxiety, mental and physical slowness. 

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)-  Symptoms of deficiency are fatigue, chronic stress, and depression. 

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)-  This vitamin aids in the processing of amino acids.  It is needed in the manufacture of serotonin, melatonin and dopamine.  Deficiencies are very rare but include, impaired immunity, skin lesions, and mental confusion.  Many nutritionally oriented doctors believe that most diets do not provide optimal amounts of this vitamin.

Vitamin B12-  Vitamin B12 is important to red blood cell formation.  Deficiencies can cause pernicious anemia, mood swings, paranoia, irritability, confusion, dementia, hallucinations, or mania, followed by appetite loss, dizziness, weakness, shortage of breath, heart palpitations, diarrhea, and tingling sensations in the extremities. When deficiencies occur, they are often due to a lack of intrinsic factor, an enzyme that allows Vitamin B12 to be absorbed in the intestinal tract.

Folic Acid- This B Vitamin is needed for DNA synthesis.  Poor dietary habits contribute to folic acid deficiencies, as do illness, alcoholism, and various drugs.

Vitamin C-  Subclinical deficiencies can produce depression.  Stress, pregnancy, and lactation increase the body’s need for vitamin C, while aspirin, tetracycline, and birth control pills can deplete the body’s supply.

Magnesium-  Deficiency can result in depressive symptoms, along with confusion, agitation, anxiety, and hallucinations, as well as physical problems.  Most diets do not include enough magnesium, and stress also contributes to magnesium depletion.

Calcium-  Depletion affects the central nervous system, nervousness, apprehension, irritability, and numbness.

Zinc-  Inadequacies result in apathy, lack of appetite, and lethargy, paranoia, and fearfulness.

Iron- Depression is often a symptom of chronic iron deficiency.  Also, general weakness, listlessness, exhaustion, lack of appetite, and headaches.

Manganese- This metal is needed for proper use of the B-Complex Vitamins and Vitamin C.  It also plays a role in amino acid formation.  Manganese helps stabilize blood sugar and prevent hypoglycemic mood swings.

Potassium-  Depletion is frequently associated with depression, tearfulness, weakness, and fatigue.

I don’t want to become a crazy person who is taking a million vitamins and supplements.  But, they have to be good for you right?  So far I’ve started taking a multi-vitamin, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, and Niacin.  Tonight was the first time that I’ve taken them all, so we’ll see how it goes.  I just want to be able to feel better!

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One Response to “Vitamins for Depression”

  1. Lin Says:

    I think it’s great that you’re researching alternatives to prescribed meds. I take one multi vitamin, falx seed (cant have fish oil cause of my thyroid meds), & vitamin B daily. I dont know if you have a store called the Vitamin Shoppe in your area but you might want to check them out, they have really low priced vitamins.


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