While prescribing powerful drugs to treat even minor mood problems has become commonplace, there may be a simpler way to support mood.
A new study from researchers at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital has found that vitamin C supplements were able to significantly improve the mood of patients in acute care.
John Hoffer, who led the investigation, said that patients in this type of care often have low levels of most nutrients. However, they are often not given supplements as their care providers are generally more focused on treating more immediate concerns.
He and his team administered either vitamin C or D supplements to a group of patients. They found that individuals who were given C vitamins showed statistically and clinically significant improvements in mood.
"Most physicians are simply unaware of the problem [of vitamin C deficiency]," said Hoffer. "Subclinical deficiencies of vitamin C and D have each been linked to psychological abnormalities, so we examined that aspect in our clinical trial."
He added that the lack of benefit in patients who were given vitamin D supplements indicates that findings cannot be attributed to a placebo effect.