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Help with Mental Illness thru Vitamins.

Did you know that there are numerous common nutrients that may help alleviate mental illness when they are taken in "higher than normal" doses? Here are a list of some of the ones i have found to be the most promissing.


Folic acid is a B vitamin that is fundamental to mood regulation and the development of the nervous system. Patients inadequate in it appear to respond inadequately to antidepressants. In one 2000 British study, 127 patients taking Prozac were also given either 500 micrograms of folic acid a day or a placebo. The folic acid group did considerably better, in particular the women, 94 percent improved compared with 61 percent in the placebo group.

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It’s long been known that magnesium can act as a sedative. Several studies have also found magnesium deficiencies in-patients with depression, although the evidence is inconsistent. The mineral may help other mood-stabilizing drugs work better. Researchers at the Chemical Abuse Centers in Boardman, Ohio, found that combining magnesium oxide with the drug verapamil helped control manic symptoms in-patients better than a drug-placebo combination.

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Many studies have suggested that chromium picolinate may help alleviate depression and improve the response to antidepressants. In one small trial at Duke University, 70 percent of the patients who were given chromium picolinate improved, while none of those given placebos got better.

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This sugar molecule appears to make the brain’s receptors more sensitive to serotonin; one of the chemicals messengers that mediate mood. In a series of short-term placebo-controlled trials, researchers at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel found those large doses of inositol—12 to 18 grams a day—helped alleviate depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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