Here’s an explanation of how mood swings may link to Vitamin B deficiency.
According to various studies, the symptoms of having mood swings — including fatigue and mood changes — were attributed to Vitamin B deficiency.
This, as websites Medical News Today and Mayo Clinic cited correlations between mood swings and Vitamin B deficiency. According to Medical News Today, B vitamins were important “for making sure the body’s cells are functioning properly,” thus, B vitamins help one’s body convert food into energy, create new blood cells, as well as maintain healthy skin cells, brain cells, and other body tissues.
Mayo Clinic, on the other hand, explained that B vitamins play a role in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and other brain functions. In addition, Mayo Clinic cited that having a Vitamin B deficiency may be linked to a mental health problem.
B vitamins, which known collectively as Vitamin B complex, have eight types, namely:
- thiamin (Vitamin B1)
- riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- niacin (Vitamin B3)
- pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
- Vitamin B6
- Biotin (Vitamin B7)
- folate (Vitamin B9)
- Vitamin B12
There were a lot of sources of B vitamins that were available today, including:
- meat (red meat, poultry, fish)
- whole grains (brown rice, barley, millet)
- fruits (citrus fruit, avocados, banana)
- dairy products (milk, cheese)
- legumes (beans, lentils)
- seeds and nuts (sunflower seeds, almonds)
- dark, leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach)
If you cannot get enough B vitamins from these sources, supplements might help you with that.
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