Vitamin C boosts mood
by Newsletter Editor
Doctors said people hospitalized with acute illnesses are often low in vitamins C and D and wanted to test for a link to mood. Participants took 1,000 mg of vitamin C or 5,000 IU of vitamin D per day. After a short time, circulating levels of vitamin C increased to normal range, but vitamin D levels remained low. Doctors suggested a longer trial to more accurately assess vitamin D mood benefits.
For vitamin C, those taking 1,000 mg per day reported 71 percent fewer mood disturbances and 51 percent less psychological distress, demonstrating a link between vitamin C levels and better mood.
Reference: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 2013, Vol. 98, No. 3, 705-11