An issue of Alternative Medicine (2005) recommended the B Vitamins (B6, Folic Acid and B12) were the most important supplements for improving mood. This endorsement is huge for folic acid and the other b vitamins. Though folic acid already aids growth at all stages and the formation of red blood cells. Folic acid also supports brain and neurotransmitter function and is crucial to mental and emotional wellness.
How folic acid helps in a mood enhancing capacity is by reducing homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is a toxic byproduct of SAM-e (S-adenosylmoethione) a chemical that is found in the body and also needed for well being. Increased levels of homocysteine is suspected to cause depression and heart disease. Folic acid is so vital that it is practically mandated that every food item and cereal be fortified with it. By doing this major deficiency is rare but many individuals often need more folic acid. For example it is recommended for pregnant women to increase their folic acid. Alcoholics, elderly, people who have suffered from kidney or renal failure are susceptible to lowered levels. Many people can have lowered levels but it is rare to have complete deficiency from this vitamin.
Deficiency in this vital vitamin is a major contributor to depression and its subsequent symptoms.
In conclusion folic acid helps boost mood and well being by being an active participant in your body’s cleaning program. It reduces byproducts that are suspect at causing depression and impacting heart health. In general the average public can have lowered levels but not majorly deficient due to fortifications in popular foods however alcoholics, elderly and individuals with kidney problems are at risk for lower levels of folic acid.