Thursday, April 05, 2018 by Rhonda Johansson
Current agricultural techniques have made it virtually impossible for you to gain all the nutrients your body needs from food alone. Even if you were to grow your own food, nutritionists still recommend supplementing your diet with a high-quality multivitamin and mineral formula to guard against nutritional deficiencies. The benefits of supplementing with a multivitamin are endless, but one effect that is not yet well-known is how these vitamins can dramatically improve neurocognitive function.
A relatively recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism concluded that supplementing your diet with a multivitamin can positively impact mood and functional brain activity – in as little as four weeks. These findings suggest not only the efficacy of proper multivitamin supplementation but how quickly the body responds to it.
Fifty-eight healthy adults participated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Each participant’s blood biomarkers and brain activity were assessed at baseline and after four weeks of multivitamin supplementation. The researchers observed that after the experiment period, participants who took a multivitamin daily had higher levels of B-vitamins in their system along with a significantly lowered homocysteine count. These measurements are normally indicative of a healthy mental well-being. This was further highlighted when participants scored lower on the depression-dejection subscale of the Profile of Mood States after four weeks.
The authors were likewise astounded that such dramatic effects could be observed after only a month of supplementation. It is hypothesized that continual use would have an enhanced cumulative effect.
We are only slowly beginning to understand just how important nutrition is to our mental health. What we eat is directly correlated to what we feel. It is no wonder, then, why biting into that chocolate bar immediately boosts our mood. Compounds found in dark chocolate aid in the production of feel-good hormones. It must be recognized that “alternative” medicine (if food indeed can be classified as such) is a safer way to improve your health.
Consider these natural supplements to improve your mental health:
Remember that taking too much of anything is bad for your health. The Food and Drug Administration has cautioned consumers to never combine or abuse supplements. It is best to speak with a healthcare provider before substituting supplements.
Do your research as well! Remember that because these are natural supplements, you may not experience the effect until after a few months. However, the effects are usually longer-lasting.
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