Health News: Depression “B” Gone

If you’re feeling depressed and would rather not take a side-effects laden antidepressant drug, you’re in good company. There’s a long-established link between depression and low levels of folate, as folate is tied to levels of serotonin and other important neurotransmitters. Research shows modest benefits in depressed people taking folic acid supplements, but also shows that antidepressants are less effective among the folate-deficient. If you struggle with depression, talk to your doctor about having your folate levels checked. If you want to try folic acid, don’t go over the RDA of 400 mcg/day for adults and 600 for pregnant women. Or you could add folic acid through leafy greens, citrus, and other produce.