Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, PhD, noted that the brain is especially sensitive to its nutritional environment, and deficiencies can affect mood far more quickly than they do the heart. Three recent medical journal reports described how some nutrients specifically influence mood.
Nutritionist Medhavi Gautam, PhD, of the Santokba Duriabhji Memorial Hospital in Jaipur, India, and her colleagues identified 40 patients with general anxiety disorder and 40 with depression, and then compared them with 20 healthy subjects, all of whom were between ages 20 and 60.
Blood tests showed that people with anxiety or depression had significantly lower levels of vitamins A, C, and E compared with the healthy subjects.
Gautam and her colleagues then asked the patients to take 1,000 mg...
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