Vitamin B12 for Depression
December 17, 2003
Research shows that those who suffer from depression respond better to their treatment if they have high levels of vitamin B12 in their blood.
In a recent study, over 100 outpatients experiencing depression were closely observed over a six-month period. The patients were grouped by how well they responded to the treatment of their depression. Researchers also measured the level of vitamin B12 in the patients’ blood. The measurements were recorded on the first day they came in, and again at their six-month checkup. This allowed the researchers to keep track of whether the level of the vitamin influenced each patient’s outcome.
The study found that the patients who responded fully to the treatment had higher concentrations of vitamin B12 in their blood at both the beginning and end of treatment.
BioMedCentral PsychiatryDecember 1, 2003;3:17