Vitamins against depresionThere is such a vitamin

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megan-bright eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There was a study done in regards to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in which evidence shows the subjects' mood may have improved with certain types of Vitamin D; however, there is not enough evidence to conclude that Vitamin D improves the mood of those with major depression.

Even though summer sunlight has been shown to increase brain serotonin levels and trigger the production of Vitamin D, there's no conclusive evidence to prove that Vitamin D alone will aid in the treatment of depression.


pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

B-vitamins are actually connected to depression in ways that medical professionals believe in.

However, it is not at all clear which thing is the cause and which is the effect.  It is known that low levels of B-12 are connected to depression.  But it is not known if they cause the depression or if depression leads to poor eating habits and the poor eating habits lead to the deficiency.

So I do not believe that there is a vitamin that can prevent or cure depression on a consistent basis.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are supplements and vitamins that can help with depression.  St. John's Wort is a common supplement, although there is no clinical link established between it and depression treatment.  Vitamin-B complex, on the other hand, has been shown to positively impact mood.  It's important to see a medical professional about depression, however, as many people do not take it seriously enough, and often times, vitamins and supplements are not enough to treat the chemical imbalance.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Depression is more likely to be alleviated by a proper diet than vitamins taken outside the diet.  There is little evidence that supplements are actually effective, and there are very few that are.  It is important for people to eat right, and eating right does prevent and alleviate depression in some cases.  It will not treat clinical depression, however.  It can alleviate the symptoms.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are studies that show low levels of certain vitamins and minerals may lead to depression type symptoms. The B complex vitamins are one group that has been shown to cause these symptoms. Usually we can avoid having to take vitamins or mineral supplements if we are eating a balanced and nutritional diet.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Many health professionals believe that mineral deficiencies can cause or worsen depression as well. Iron for example has been shown to cause depression, as well as weakness and fatigue. Other mineral deficiencies related to depression include potassium and magnesium.

giorgiana1976 | Student

Although it is not exactly known yet why, it seems that many people who suffer from depression also have low levels of vitamin E. 

Vitamin E could be found in broccoli, spinach, mango, peanuts and peanut butter, avocado, raisins and various seeds and nuts. Vitamin E fights against depression and it also helps in preventing cancer, cataracts and heart diseases, also.

Omega - 3 have a great effect in repelling depression. How can we increase the consumption of omega - 3? Salmon, tuna, mackerel and other fishes can you ensure your Omega - 3 amounts. Doctors recommend to eat fish 2-3 times a week. Ifyou don't like eating fish, fish oil capsules could be very helpful.