Think Positive With B Vitamins

Vitamin B12 plays a role in the synthesis of monoamines, which can act as neurotransmitters in the brain. That's interesting, because a study of 3,500 Chicago-area seniors found that for every 10 mcg increase in vitamin B12, and every 10 mg increase in vitamin B6, the likelihood of developing symptoms of depression was cut by 2% a year. These findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

True Strength Moment: While taking B vitamins is no guarantee of perpetual happiness, this study illustrates the complex layers of support that micronutrients provide for systems and functions within our bodies. The take-home message is that while watching your intake of the macronutrients protein, carbohydrates and fat is important, you don't want to neglect vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients.
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