4 Key vitamins for depression and anxiety: are you missing these vital nutrients?

4 Key vitamins for depression and anxiety: are you missing these vital nutrients?

January 8, 2020 9 By Ewald Bahringer


Have you wondered whether there are particular
vitamins that can help depression or anxiety? Or whether vitamin deficiencies can play a
role in mental health? Well we’re going to cover 4 vitamins for
depression and anxiety today. Hi I’m Dr Janelle Sinclair, and on this
youtube channel we discuss natural remedies for depression and anxiety. Make sure that you subscribe and hit the bell
button to be notified about our new weekly videos. So let’s discuss the first vitamin for depression
and anxiety: Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin that plays
a key role in the nervous system and is involved in the production of serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Vitamin B12 concentrations have been shown
to be lower in depressed patients than nondepressed patients. Lower B12 levels have also been observed in
obsessive compulsive disorder. A vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with
symptoms such as – weakness, fatigue, depression and anxiety. – numbness or tingling in hands, legs or feet
– difficulty walking or balance problems – anemia
– a swollen or inflamed tongue – difficulty thinking and
– memory loss The most common causes of a vitamin B12 deficiency
are gastric surgery, pernicious anemia, Coeliac disease, or Crohn’s disease. A diet low in vitamin b12 such as a vegan,
vegetarian or low red meat diet is another major cause. Vitamin B12 blood tests are available through
your doctor. Although they are not overly accurate, it’s
the best place to start to rule out a vitamin B12 deficiency as the cause of your depression
or anxiety. Have you had your vitamin B12 levels tested
recently? What did it show? I’d love to hear. Vitamins for Depression and anxiety #2: Folate
Folate or vitamin B9 is another vitamin deficiency that can play a role in mental health. Folate like vitamin b12 is important for the
central nervous system. It is key for serotonin and neurotransmitter
synthesis through the process of methylation and due to its role in tetrahydrobiopterin
production. Patients diagnosed with major depression have
lower concentrations of folate compared to others, and it’s found that the lower they
are in folate the more severe and prolonged the depression. Furthermore, if you have low folate it’s more
likely that you won’t respond to antidepressant medication. They describe this as being treatment resistant. Interestingly, a special form of folate, called
methylfolate, is used as an antidepressant medication in the united states. It is available worldwide as a supplement
also. The symptoms of a folate deficiency include
fatigue, weakness, lethargy, pale skin, shortness of breath, depression and irritability. If you’re interested in learning how to interpret
your folate and B12 blood tests and the best supplement dosages to treat depression and
anxiety, you’ll want to find out about an online course that I’ll be releasing shortly. In it I’ll be discussing the best diet for
depression and anxiety, nutritional deficiencies to test for and treat, as well as gut and
adrenal health.You can register your interest at drjanellesinclair.com/ecourse. The third vitamin for depression and anxiety,
that I want to mention today is Vitamin D Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin, made by your
body when your skin is exposed to the sun. So it’s often referred to as the sun vitamin. It’s most known for its role in calcium absorption
and keeping our bones strong, but more recently research shows it’s also important for the
immune system, for muscles, the heart and lungs, it has anti-cancer effects and is important
for brain development and mood Vitamin D is necessary for creating serotonin
and dopamine, and these are two important brain chemicals that are described as being
calming or happy hormones. In the US, it’s estimated that 41.6% of people
are vitamin D deficient, with a staggering 82.1% of people of colour, and 69.2% of Hispanics
having low vitamin D levels. I’ve created a YouTube video that discusses
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms, testing and supplementation, so I suggest that you watch
that video if you have depression, fatigue or anxiety. Vitamins for Depression and anxiety #4: Vitamin
C Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a potent antioxidant. Our body can’t make it, so it’s vital that
we get it from our diet. Vitamin C is an important vitamin in the body
and is known to help the immune system, support adrenal health and protect the Cardiovascular
system. In small studies, 3grams of vitamin C daily,
which is quite a high dose, it’s shown to reduce the severity of major depression, and
even lowers depressive scores in healthy individuals. Keep in mind that vitamin C can have a laxative
effect, so if you do trial this high dose and you get a stomach upset, I suggest that
you lower the dose accordingly. Remember to register your interest in my online
course on natural strategies for depression and anxiety at drjanellesinclair.com/ecourse. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in
the next video.