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Low Vitamins Levels Linked To Depression

Posted Jun 19 2010 5:38pm

In our continued effort to motivate others to eat more fruits and vegetables, we report the studies that show the benefits of vitamins and adequate nutrition intake. Since most of us don't eat enough fruits and vegetables, we do recommend Juice Plus+ in order to get more nutrients from a variety of those foods. However, a new study shows that low levels of some vitamins are associated with a higher likelihood of depression. Specifically, vitamins B12 and B6. Here's more --

Older adults with relatively low intakes of vitamins B6 and B12 may have a higher risk of developing depression than those who get more of the nutrients, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that among 3,500 older adults they followed for up to a dozen years, the risk of developing depression symptoms declined by 2 percent for every 10-milligram (mg) increase in daily vitamin B6 from food and supplements.

The same was true for every 10-microgram (mcg) increase in vitamin B12 intake.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, do not prove that the B vitamins themselves protect against depression. But the results do echo those of some previous studies tying the vitamins -- as well as folate, another B vitamin -- to depression risk. 

Comments: The importance of having adequate vitamins levels in the body is good to stress and research to provide the concrete evidence of such importance.  Yet it is equally important to know that the source of such vitamins should come from whole food ripe, raw fuits and vegetables or other plant-based foods.  While this is the best source of nutrition, because most people do not get enough in their diet, we recommend Juice Plus+ as a way to get more nutrients from 7 different fruits and 8 different vegetables. With more research providing the evidence of how important it is to have plenty of the right nutrients in your diet, take this as more reason to take the steps to improve your diet. That means at least 7 servings per day of those good foods. Your health depends on it!

Dr. Patrick Havey
The Health & Wellness Institute, PC
Official Juice Plus+ Independent Distributor

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