There may be signs in your mental health that you are experiencing a vitamin deficiency, Dr Rupy said. He said: “Unfortunately yes. Magnesium, selenium, vitamin D, all these have been in some way linked to poor mental functioning disorders as well.”
Foods that can boost mood
Selenium has been linked to helping make depression more manageable.
Selenium is included in the likes of
- Brazil nuts
- Offal, like liver
- Whole grains
Some analysis has found vitamin D can help to boost mood. Making sure you get time outside during daylight hours in the winter can help.
Vitamin D can also be found in
- Oily fish
- Various fortified products
Nutritionist Rosie Millen discussed iron deficiency and foods to combat symptoms such as tiredness and headaches.
Rosie said: “The most prevalent deficiency that is most notable is an iron deficiency which leads to anaemia.”
She said there is one major diet and lifestyle change causing the deficiency. “Many people who change their diet and cut out red meat tend to experience this,” she said.
The amount recommended needed daily is 8.7mg a day for men and 14.8mg a day for women.