3 Essential Vitamins For Your Mental Health
You’ve probably been hearing a lot about supplements that can help your mental health, but can they help you and which ones should you choose? Not all labels state their benefits or purpose, and it’s often unclear which version to purchase. Below are three supplements considered important for your brain (and the rest of your body) that we suggest you discuss with your doctor at your next visit.
Vitamin B has been called the “must-have” of the vitamin world. It affects everything in your body, from your nerves to the way you absorb nutrients from food. Essentially, vitamin B keeps your body working like it should. For example, vitamin B3 is a key component in regulating serotonin–a neurotransmitter that helps relay messages from one area of the brain to another, impacting a variety of psychological and other body functions.. When choosing this vitamin, you may want to look for a complex version including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12 to help boost your brainpower, alleviate anxiety, and make you feel more energized.
Vitamin B may be particularly helpful to people who have problems with stress and anxiety. In fact, people with agoraphobia (extreme fear of crowded spaces) have been found to have deficiencies of this vitamin. According to some research, the B vitamin Inositol was found to be as effective as an anti-anxiety medication, but with fewer side effects.
Vitamin D may be another important nutrient to maintain. It can be found in fish oils, but can also be produced in our own bodies when exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. If you live in a climate with changing seasons, you may want to ask your doctor about taking a vitamin D supplement in the colder months. Some people with Seasonal Affective Disorder may find some relief when taking it during the winter months.
The third supplement to consider are probiotics, which regulate the flora in your intestines for optimal digestive health. What many people don’t know is that they are also linked to mental health. According to Dr. Perlmutter in his book Brain Maker, a healthy gut means a healthy brain. For the first time, researchers show a connection between intestinal bacteria and its effect on our mental states. For example, Dr. Perlmutter‘s patients with anxiety, depression, and even neurological disorders such as autism, saw drastic improvements when prescribed probiotics that boost good bacteria in the digestive system.
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