If you suddenly have to go to the hospital because of an accident or an acute illness, bring along some vitamin C. It can boost your mood under trying circumstances.
In a double-blind clinical trial performed at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and the affiliated Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research (LDI), Canadian researchers found that patients given vitamin C supplements for seven to 10 days experienced a rapid and clinically significant mood improvement. The study was published in the journal Nutrition.
“…patients are rarely given vitamin supplements,” says L. John Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., an investigator at LDI. “Most physicians are simply unaware (that)… Subclinical deficiencies of vitamin C and D have each been linked to psychological abnormalities, so we examined that aspect in our clinical trial."
"This looks like a true biological effect,” Hoffer adds. “Our finding definitely requires follow up in larger studies in other centers," he said. "The treatment is safe, simple and cheap, and could have major clinical practice implications."