Vitamin C May Help Hospitalized Patients Maintain Positive Attitude
Hospitalized patients often have vitamin deficiencies, particularly vitamin C. Deficiencies of vitamin C have been linked to psychological abnormalities, and a new study has found that giving vitamin C supplements may help improve hospitalized patients’ mood.
The study was conducted by researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Their findings were published in the October 2010 issue of the journal Nutrition.
Hospitalized patients were given supplements containing vitamin C or a placebo supplement containing vitamin D twice daily for 10 days.
The researchers found that after the 10 day intervention, there was a 34% improvement in mood score among participants taking the vitamin C supplement compared to those given the vitamin D placebo.
The researchers noted that these findings align with previous studies highlighting a direct link between vitamin C consumption and mood. However this study was the first to show this relationship has nothing to do with placebo.
They also noted that there is a well established link between vitamin C deficiency and psychological state but most doctors are simply unaware of the high levels of vitamin deficiency in hospitalized patients. They hope that this additional research will create more awareness about vitamin deficiency and its various implications for both physical and mental health.
Even if you are not in the hospital, vitamin C is still one of the safest and most effective vitamins on the market. It has been shown to provide a number of benefits ranging from boosting the immune system to improving heart and eye health.