FACT or FICTION: Vitamins can help prevent depression.
The answer is FACT: A study of 3,500 older adults showed that those who consumed low amounts vitamin B6 or B12 were most likely to be classified as depressed. Researchers found that for each additional 10 mg that were consumed, the risk of depression in a given year was reduced by 2%.
In another study, low levels of folate in women were associated with depression, dementia and cognition.
You can more folate by eating green, leafy vegetables and legumes and B6 and B12 in meats, nuts and dairy.
Studies competed by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the USDA.