The study, published in Human Psychopharmacology, included 50 healthy men between 50 and 69 years old. The men were assigned to receive either a single multivitamin tablet per day or placebo for eight weeks. The supplement contained a broad range of nutrients, including B vitamins, minerals, a bioflavonoid mix, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, choline, inositol, the amino acids lysine and tyrosine, and small amounts of 21 fruit, vegetable and herbal extracts.
The men answered a variety of questionnaires to test for symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress at the beginning and end of the study. This led to the following findings:
“The men who supplemented with the multivitamin reported fewer negative mood symptoms and fewer problems with day-to-day functioning,” said study co-author Dr. Andrew Pipingas at the Swinburn University in Melbourne, Australia.
In addition to taking a daily multivitamin, here are some habits worth developing if you want to lay the foundation for healthy moods, alertness, and general well-being as you age:
(Hum Psychopharmacol 2011;26:560–7)