Scientists have discovered a link between a lack of Vitamin B12 and depression. Once I discovered this, I began taking Vitamin B supplements to boost the effectiveness of my 5 HTP supplements. (The research, by Kuopio University in Finland, is published in the journal BMC Psychiatry.)
Vitamin B12 is a type of B vitamin. You can find it in fish, eggs, meat, poultry and milk and milk products.
Because vitamin B12 is important to red blood cell formation, lacking in it leads to an reduction in much needed oxygen in your blood. This disorder can cause mood swings, paranoia, irritability, confusion, dementia, hallucinations, or mania, eventually followed by appetite loss, dizziness, weakness, shortage of breath, heart palpitations, diarrhea, and tingling sensations in the extremities.
Your liver can hold onto a 3 to 5 year supply, thank goodness. So, if your body is lacking Vitamin B12, it has taken this long to run out. Yikes, what have you been eating?
Talk to your doctor about taking Vitamin B12 and depression may lift!
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