vitamins and mood

Doug Skrecky (
Tue, 26 Jan 1999 00:27:42 -0800 (PST)

Benton D. Haller J. Fordy J.
Department of Psychology, University College Swansea, UK. Title
Vitamin supplementation for 1 year improves mood. Source
Neuropsychobiology. 32(2):98-105, 1995. Abstract
The possibility that the taking of vitamin supplements may influence mood was explored. One hundred and twenty-nine young healthy adults took either 10 times the recommended daily dose of 9 vitamins, or a placebo, under a double-blind procedure, for a year. Males taking the vitamins differed from those taking the placebo in that they reported themselves as feeling more 'agreeable' after 12 months. After 12 months the mood of females taking the vitamin supplement was significantly improved in that they felt more 'agreeable', more composed and reported better mental health. These changes in mood after a year occurred even though the blood status of 9 vitamins reached a plateau after 3 months: this improvement in mood was associated in particular with improved riboflavin and pyridoxine status. In females baseline thiamin status was associated with poor mood and an improvement in thiamin status after 3 months was associated with improved mood.