Is Vitamin B12 and Folate Beneficial in the Treatment of Depression?

Did you know that one out of every six women will suffer from depression at some point in their lives? One in every fourteen Australian women is now depressed. This statistic may surprise you, but then again, it may not. Maybe you know someone who suffers from depression, or maybe you’re suffering from the symptoms yourself.

Depression has been characterized as “a dense fog” or “being trapped in the depths of an ocean.” As someone who has experienced depression, I relate it to feeling like a deflated balloon, too exhausted and limp to confront life’s challenges.

Depression may be caused by a variety of factors, including a life crisis, substantial pressures, life changes, or childhood trauma.

Then there are biological factors, which I’d like to focus on in this article.

Numerous studies have shown a clear association between low folate and vitamin B12 levels and depression.

Studies in Hong Kong and Taiwan populations, for example, have shown that people who eat traditional Chinese diets high in folate suffer from depression. They do, however, have a lower lifetime risk of serious depression.

It was also shown that people who have normal folate levels react better to antidepressants.

Folate and B12 are critical nutrients for children and women of all ages, particularly pregnant women. Pregnant women with somewhat lower-than-normal Vitamin B12 levels were 3.82 times more likely to develop depression, according to one study.

Vitamin B12 and folate are without a doubt beneficial in the treatment of depression.

So, how can you naturally boost your B12 and folate levels to help with depression symptoms?

Try to incorporate more of the following items into your diet, depending on your dietary preferences:

Beef, chicken, and liver

Trout, salmon, tuna fish, and clams are examples of fish and shellfish.

Milk, yogurt, and cheese are examples of dairy products.

Eggs

Beans, peas, and lentils are examples of legumes.

Asparagus

Greens with plenty of leaves

Beets

Fruits of the citrus family

Brussel Sprouts (Brussels Sprouts)

Broccoli

seeds and nuts.

Papaya Banana Beef Liver

Avocado

Grain with added nutrients

Your doctor may also prescribe that you take a vitamin B12 or folate supplement. So, if you’re ready to get rid of your depression symptoms and reclaim your feelings of joy, brightness, and freedom, make an appointment with your doctor now.

Depression may be addressed, and the best place to start is with a blood test for folate and vitamin B12.

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