Severe depression linked to low folate

Katrina Lomas

Studies show there is a link between folate deficiency and severe depression - as well as other psychiatric disorders. 


Folate or folic acid is an important nutrient with or without a baby on board, the average adult needs 400 micrograms daily in order to maintain energy, muscle strength and concentration.


 Low folate levels were detected in severely depressed people and, conversely, symptoms of depression are one of the main indicators of folate deficiency. They also found that people with low folate levels don't respond as well to SSRI-type antidepressants.






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