Multivitamins May Improve Brain Function And Mood
March 1, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
Research that was conducted at Northumbria University (NU) suggests that daily use of multivitamins may improve cognitive skills and energy levels in men.
Authors of the study said that previous trials on multivitamins had focused on the elderly population, this time the research concentrated on males between the ages of 30 and 55.
A team of scientists gave half of a group of 215 men a multivitamin containing vitamin B complex and vitamin C, and the remaining participants were given placebos. Before and after the 33-day trial, the men were given questionnaires on mood, stress and health as well as tests for math and other thinking skills.
While the placebo group showed no significant changes, the participants taking multivitamins experienced improved scores on the tests and reported reduced mental fatigue.
"We know that optimum functioning of the central nervous system is dependent on a wide range of micronutrients, and there is a wealth of evidence from epidemiological studies that clearly suggest a relationship between micronutrients and psychological functioning," said David Kennedy, lead study author and NU professor.