Vitamins and Other Supplements to Improve Mental Health

Vitamins and Other Supplements to Improve Mental Health

Mental health problems are the primary cause of disability and lead to premature mortality. The lack of daily dietary intake is a risk factor for mental problems. Studies have discovered a link between the signs of mental issues and vitamin deficiency, and the symptoms improve when vitamin requirements are fulfilled (although the study design was limited to RCTs and meta-analyses). What types of vitamins and other supplements improve mental health?

Mental health 

A person’s psychological state, namely mental health, considerably impacts someone’s day-to-day activities. Healthy habits and diets high in nutrients and vitamins contribute to maintaining a positive mental state. However, mental health issues are massively complex and have multiple causes.

Types of vitamins and the benefits

Studies have shown that people with symptoms of mental health issues, or those diagnosed, are most likely to have low serum levels of nutrients, including zinc, folate, and vitamin D. 

In these circumstances, it is not easy to achieve basic nutritional needs from the diet, and even if possible, mental health is still affected due to the intricacy of risk factors. The benefits of vitamins and other supplements for mental health are worth considering. These vitamins and supplements have been found to improve mental health and emotional well-being.

1. Vitamin B 

Mood and mental health are closely related to brain activity and biochemical. B vitamins (B1, B5, B6, B9, and B12) have therapeutic properties and support brain function and central nervous metabolism. In major depressive disorder (MDD) patients, for instance, vitamin B9 dramatically reduces depression symptoms. Low levels of vitamin B are related to depression since considerable evidence has found that people diagnosed with depression have a deficiency of vitamin B complex, with symptoms of fatigue, chronic stress, and depression.

2. Vitamin C

Due to its fast therapeutic responses, vitamin C fights against free radicals and enhances mental energy. According to a study, taking vitamin C supplements has a similar effect to an antidepressant, improving anxiety and mood. Another study published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that healthy young adults who take vitamin C supplements show better focus, motivation, and cognitive performance. 

3. Vitamin D

The most common nutrient deficiency in individuals with mental health problems is vitamin D. A sufficient amount of vitamin D is favorably associated with improving mental state, albeit the exact mechanism is less obvious. Vitamin D improves mood, depression, stress, and manic symptoms via immunomodulatory activities. These benefits also apply to MDD patients.

4. Zinc

This mineral is beneficial for enhancing the body’s immune system and metabolism. Studies found that zinc significantly elevates mood and reduces depressive symptoms within 12 weeks. MDD patients who received 25mg/day reported improvement in their symptoms as well. 

5. Omega 3 fatty acids

Omega 3 fatty acids, primarily found in fish, are well-known for supporting the development of brain and nerve cells. One form of  omega-3 acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), had a more potent antidepressant effect than DHA, even when compared to a placebo.

Market size

According to P&S Intelligence, the global market of supplements that improve mental health, also known as brain health supplements, is valued at approximately $7.910 million in 2021 and is projected to reach $15.525 million in 2030, growing at 7.8% CAGR. This figure, which has escalated to 100%, is profoundly justifiable considering the massive rise in public awareness of mental health, especially at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO claims that COVID-19 induced a 25% increase in the prevalence of mental health issues, in particular stress & anxiety.

Based on the purpose of each type of brain health supplement, P&S Intelligence splits the details.

  • Memory Enhancement
  • Attention & Focus
  • Depression & Mood
  • Sleep & Recovery
  • Anti-aging & Longevity
  • Stress & Anxiety

Stress & anxiety are the following fastest-growing segments, followed by depression & mood.

The most commonly used product lines are all those manufactured from vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Although regarding science, further study is still needed to establish the efficacy of herbal supplements.

Selling mental health supplements 

47% of women and 41% of men report regularly taking supplements for brain health, many relying on over-the-counter medications. Given the significant lifestyle changes, difficulty acquiring nutrition from the diet, and limited access to healthcare, you may have the opportunity to break into this market.

We will be pleased to assist you with the production process and the legality of your desired product if you want to sell supplements in Indonesia. Indocare B2B specializes in the contract production of health supplements, particularly those containing vitamins and minerals, and we have more than 20 years of experience in the industry.

The vitamin C supplement, Holisticare EsterC, which has a US patent and better absorption than ascorbic acid, is our best-selling product in the market. Also, we released a vitamin B complex named Holisticare Fit, designed for young adult workers. 

Reminder: Supplementation should never be utilized as a sole form of treatment.

Medically reviewed by dr. Putri Wulandari


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