>The UWA states that if you are taking anti-depressant medications you can supplement them with Vitamin B to improve your treatment responses for your depression. Additionally, in Psychiatry the British Journal did a study showing that the B12 vitamin with folate (taken daily for 1 year or more) can make your treatment with anti-depressants much more effective. This also would help to lower your risk of going back into major depression as you age and any chance at a lowered risk is a great option for you.
Vitamin B along with anti-depressant medications (taken for 1 year or more) also allows one to have a better outcome of their treatment says UWA’s Center for Health and Aging research director, Professor Winthrop Osvaldo Almeida.
Almeida specifically said that the risk of relapse is greatly reduced with participants that took the B Vitamins. Previous work showed that certain vitamins play a role in lowering the chance of depression but this was the first time that the capability of demonstrating unequivocally was able to show improvement of the treatment for depression by having medication supplements with B Vitamins.
Additionally, Almeida said that general practitioners may start adding Vitamin B for treatment of depression for elders. However, Almeida stated the study would need to be done again before any changes could be made for the treatments. He also said that the B Vitamins are needed for emotional and mental well-being. They can’t be kept in the body so instead the body depends solely on a daily diet to get them.
Depression is diagnosed in many people. Anti-depressants have been the most common treatment for depressed adults. While depression is often found, some patients don’t take to anti-depressants that well. Many studies show that those with lower Vitamin B levels and lower folate have a correlation with depression. There were 153 Perth people who were 50+ in age with episodes of major depression.