Vitamins for Depression

Being deficient in certain vitamins can lead to symptoms of depression. To improve these symptoms it is recommended to take the following vitamins for the reasons set out below:

Vitamins C and E

  • Powerful antioxidants
  • Neutralize free radicals that damage healthy cells caused by stress
  • Deficiencies can produce depression

The B-Complex Group of Vitamins

We cannot store these vitamins in our body and they may, in fact, be destroyed by overuse of alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and even refined sugars. Thus it is one of the most common vitamin groups in which people find themselves to be deficient.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

  • Converts glucose to fuel for our brain and bodies
  • Required for brain function
  • In extreme cases a lack leads to suicidal feelings
  • Refined sugars drain the body’s supply

A Deficiency in Vitamins for Depression (B1) leads to:

  • Memory problems
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Fatigue, irritability and anxiety

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

  • Pellagra is a condition characterised by psychosis and dementia, is caused by a niacin deficiency

A Deficiency in Vitamins for Depression (B3) leads to:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Mental and physical lethargy

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

  • Needed for hormone formation and for promoting mental wellbeing
  • Needed to promote the formation of amino acids and acetylcholine to prevent certain forms of depression

A Deficiency in Vitamins for Depression (B5) leads to:

  • Chronic stress
  • Fatigue
  • Depression symptoms

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

  • Assists in the production of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins and some hormones
  • Required in the production of serotonin, melatonin and dopamine
  • Marginal deficiencies of this vitamin can often occur in:
  1. Women using contraceptives
  2. Individuals with kidney failure
  3. Alcoholics

Most diets do not provide adequate amounts of this vitamin.

A Deficiency in Vitamins for Depression (B6) leads to:

  • Skin lesions
  • Mental confusion
  • Poor immune system

Vitamin B12

  • Aids red blood cell formation
  • Body stores an approximately four year supply of Vitamin B12 in the liver
  • Older people more prone to deficiencies due to a depletion of the enzymes that aid vitamin B12 absorption

A Deficiency in Vitamins for Depression (B12) leads to:

  • Mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Dementia
  • Hallucinations

Folic Acid

  • Synthesises DNA
  • Produces S-adenosyl methionine
  • Depletes due to:
  1. Alcoholism
  2. Drugs including aspirin
  3. Birth control pills
  4. Anticonvulsants
  5. Barbiturates
  • Prevents defects in the development of a foetus
  • Deficiency in B12 can mask a deficiency in folic acid


Any deficiency in vitamins for depression can lead to unwanted and dangerous symptoms, so ensure that your diet includes foods rich in vitamins C, E and the B complex group. Consult a medical professional if you suffer from any of the above described symptoms.





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