Mental Health And Vitamins

Vitamins

A lot of people are suffering with mental health issues today and in this article I will discuss the positive effects that vitamins can have on your well-being. Mental health and vitamins go hand in hand and by that I mean that it’s hard to have one without the other, it’s a necessity. Today the “normal” procedure when someone is suffering from mental illness is to give some sort of prescription drug to that person, maybe in combination with therapy and hope for the best. People who have taken these medications rarely become better (myself included) in the long run and just end up changing medication or adjusting the dosage to hopefully get the desired effect but in the end it doesn’t really work and it all just seems like a big hoax.

I had a lot of anxiety and ocd issues and tried a lot of different medications through the years and all these prescription drugs did was to make me feel numb and intoxicated in a way. I didn’t feel like myself and I didn’t really feel like I was present in different situations. I refer to these medications as “dry alcohol” because it was basically the same effect as when you drink alcohol, it just makes you numb. I can understand why a lot of people think that these medications work because if you have a lot of negative feelings that you can’t handle and the doctor gives you a pill that numbs those feelings then it’s going to ease your burden in the short term, but in the long term it can’t be good to numb your feelings because feelings are there for a reason. Feelings are signals for you to act in one way or the other. Another negative effect from these medications is that applying chemical substances to your brain which no one seems to know what the long term effect is can’t be a good and healthy thing, but thankfully there are other options.

More and more research has concluded that a lot of the mental illnesses that exists today are probably due to nutritional deficiencies and vitamin therapy is getting more popular and a more accepted way to treat mental illness with very good results. I will give some examples of mental health issues and which vitamin research is saying can ease your problems:

DepressionDepression

Depression is simply put a change in mood where everything just seems sad and meaningless and it’s one of the most common mental health conditions that people experience. Symptoms include a negative change in feelings, thoughts and behaviors, including loss of interest in activities and persistent feelings of sadness. Depending on the level of the depression, a person may experience different physical and emotional problems related to the depression.

Vitamins can help to soothe your symptoms of depressions. B-vitamins play a big role in your personal well-being. People who have depression often have a deficiency in B-vitamins, especially B12. Even if you don´t have a problem with depression a lack of B12 can cause fatigue since it is a vitamin that’s important to reduce fatigue. Being tired most of the time can in itself be a depressive state or cause a depression since you might feel that you don’t have the necessary energy level to do the things you want to.

Essential B-vitamins that can ease your symptoms of depression:

  • Vitamin B3 – Also known as niacin, is a vitamin that is important in the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical that nerve cells produce which helps to regulate our mood among other things. Low levels of serotonin in the brain may cause depression. Dosage of 20 mg B3 per day can help you decrease your depressive symptoms.
  • Vitamin B9 – Folate and folic acid are also called vitamin B9. Another vitamin that is important in mood regulation.
  • Vitamin B12 – Important in reducing fatigue. Probably one of the most vital B-vitamin. Low B12-vitamin levels are often found in people who have depression.

Other supplements that can help decrease your depressive symptoms:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids – This is a vital nutrition for the function and health of the brain.
  • Vitamin C – Can improve both mood and cognitive function. Studies have shown that vitamin C can reduce symptoms of depression.
  • Magnesium – An essential mineral which is important for the production of our feel-good hormones in the brain. Magnesium deficiency can cause symptoms of depression and other mood disorders.

Anxiety disorderAnxiety

Anxiety is an intense emotion which is best described as a feeling of unease and worry. It’s also closely related to fear. Anxiety is vital to our survival since it triggers our flight or fight response. Occasional anxiety in life is completely normal but people who suffer from an anxiety disorder have these intense feelings frequently on a daily basis which empties their energy levels and affects their daily life in a negative way.

Here are some supplements that can help you if you suffer from an anxiety disorder:

  • Magnesium – a mineral which is a natural muscle relaxer which can be an immense help when dealing with anxiety. its also stabilizes your mood and can create feelings of calm.
  • Passionflower – A calming herb for anxiety, insomnia and seizures. It increases GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the brain which causes the nervous system to relax due to the reduction of brain activity, decreasing anxiety and stress.
  • Valerian root – Its chemical components are useful in treating anxiety because it inhibits and regulates the brain’s neurons.
  • Kualie happy supplements – a supplement of an ancient Chinese herbal formula that is found to be very effective in the treatment for anxiety and stress.
  • Vitamin B complex – A complex which includes the necessary B-vitamins that can boost your mood and energy.
  • St. John’s wort – A herb that promotes feelings of optimism and contentment easing anxiety.
  • Omega 3 fish oil – Omega 3 is the building blocks of the brain and nervous system which can soothe your anxiety.

ConclusionConclusion

I have given just a few examples of mental health issues and which vitamins/supplements can help to ease your symptoms.

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There are many more mental health issues and vitamins/supplements to discuss that will be addressed in coming articles. For those of you who are looking for a healthier and safer way to ease your depressive/anxiety issues instead of taking prescripted drugs then vitamins/supplements is the right path to be on. If you have any comments on this article please leave your comments below.

All the best

Lars

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Mental Health And Vitamins”

  1. Hi Lars!

    I was amazed by the fact, how much you can change by consuming enough vitamins! You showed me how important vitamins are. An average people, including myself, don’t even think about taking vitamins when he has a mental or physical illness, and this is so saddening. I will definitely try out all of them. Thank you very much!

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    • Hello BeniWhite, Thanks for your comment. Yes Vitamins can do a lot for your well-being. Please do try out the vitamins that I mentioned in this article and it would be great if you could give me some feedback on how you feel after you have taking those supplements for a while. Thanks again for your comment. /Lars

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  2. Hi Lars,

    Although many people suffer from mental health issues, unfortunately it is still badly understood by most, don’t you agree? I was interested in reading about vitamins for mental health issues, because I know some people who may benefit from this information, and I have also been through depression. I am currently taking a vitamin mix because of what is happening in the world right now, keeping my immune system up, although I do eat healthy. Many of the vitamins I take are included in your article here, and I have been feeling very upbeat lately.

    Thank you for sharing! This is important information.

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    • Hello Christine, Thank you for your comment. Yes unfortunately mental health issues is still badly understood, however it is starting to get more accepted as more and more people show courage to openly talk about their mental health issues. It’s great to hear that you’ve been feeling upbeat lately thanks to a lot of vitamins that I also mentioned in this article. Thanks once again for your comment and don’t worry too much about what’s going on in the world today even though it’s heartbreaking. Don’t forget to live:) /Lars

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  3. Depression is not a joke and taking vB is something that will level down the sadness.

    I know how it feels to wanna just end it all but thank goodness for your article. I’ll share this with people like myself who actually need to treat their depression but might not have healthcare(United States) so they have affordable options .

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    • Thank you for your comment Kyle. Yes I know, depression is no joke and as you say Vitamin B is something that can decrease the feelings of sadness. Great idea Kyle to share it with others who battle with depression who hasn’t got the luxury of a healthcare. Thanks a lot once again for your comment. /Lars

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  4. Thank you for your article about the link between mental health and vitamins. That has never really crossed my mind, as i’m just i’m just a free spirit that loves to eat!

    I’ve never heard of vitamin therapy and found your article very interesting, especially the part about the brains health. (I suppose that is another topic to research and discover regarding the brain and spirituality, as humans are spiritual beings.)

    The haunting question at the back of my mind is, what are the natural foods that contain the necessary vitamins, minerals and supplements, that we can just eat naturally?

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    • Thank you Dayo for your comment and question. The answer to your question is to eat a well-balanced diet rich of fruits and vegetables, however is not entirely that simple these days since there are a lot of reports that the nutrients in our food is decreasing. If you want you can read my article the food problem here. If this trend of decreasing nutrients in our food will persist then we have no other choice but to take nutritional supplements for our own well-being. Thanks once again for your comment /Lars

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