Vitamin B6 May Help Promote Mental Wellness in Young Women
Previous research has found a link between use of oral contraceptives and low vitamin B6 levels in women. A new study has found that supplementation with vitamin B6 may help increase vitamin B6 levels and reduce depression symptoms in women using oral contraceptives.
Eight women between the ages of 18 and 25 participated in the study. All had been taking oral contraceptives for at least 1 year. They were given 100 mg of vitamin B6 or a placebo daily for 4 weeks. Participants switched interventions after a 4-week washout period.
The Beck Depression Inventory-II and Profile of Mood States were used at baseline and at the end of each intervention period to evaluate depression symptoms. Vitamin B6 levels were measured at baseline and at the end of each intervention period.
Participants saw a significant increase in vitamin B6 levels during the supplementation period. They also saw a 20% reduction in scores on the Beck Depression Inventory-II, compared to an 11% increase in the placebo group.
The study was conducted by researchers from Arizona State University. It was published online ahead of print on February 2, 2022 in the Journal of Dietary Supplements.
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