There are hundreds of vitamins and supplements available for every ailment and condition you can think of, from melatonin tablets for sleep, to collagen powder for your joints. According to Harvard Health, most people get their daily vitamins from their diets, but vitamin supplements can be extremely beneficial for people with chronic health issues — especially those who may not be eating (or producing) all the vitamins they need. There is research that has shown vitamins and supplements may play a role in treating mental health issues, like depression. However, the connection between vitamins and mood is still up for debate.
"Evidence does not suggest a consistent, clear relationship between vitamin or mineral supplementation and depression or mood," Ali Webster, RD, PhD, Associate Director, Nutrition Communications at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, tells Bustle. She explains that, "It’s difficult to aggregate the results of randomized trials on this topic, because studies differ in the dose of supplements they provide to participants, different study populations make it difficult to generalize results to everyone, [and] different tools are used to measure depression and mental health."
Though the role vitamins play in improving your mental health is still undecided in the scientific community, there is emerging research that certain vitamins — like B vitamins or Vitamin D — can have mood boosting effects more generally. It's important to note, of course, that vitamins and supplements are not a replacement for prescribed mental health medications — including antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anti-anxiety medication. Instead, incorporating vitamins to your care routine is just another way to improve your quality of life, and boost your mood. Here are seven vitamins that may help boost your mood.