|Scott Greenberg, NatureCity author & contributor|
For the first time, a study has investigated the subjective effect of multivitamins. The researchers found that taking a multivitamin may improve people’s perception of their mood and energy levels by 15%.
The study included 116 individuals. Over the course of 16 weeks, half of the group took a supplement that consisted of 185% to 4500% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of B vitamins, 365% of the RDI of vitamin C, 100% of the RDI of vitamin D, and up to 475% of the RDI of vitamin E. The other half took a placebo.
15.1% more participants in the supplement group reported improved mood and emotional state compared with the placebo group. Participants in the supplement group also reported better sleep and higher energy levels.
The researchers noted that women in particular reported higher energy levels.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Melbourne and the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. It was published on December 12, 2012, in Nutrition Journal.
Previous studies have shown that multivitamins may aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and boost general physical health. Other studies have also shown that the cells of people who routinely take multivitamins actually have a younger biological age.