Most people know vitamin C as an immune support nutrient, but you can get vitamin C mood support too. Of course, it is also important to mention this vitamin makes a terrific complement to your L-methylfolate mood-support supplement.
Vitamin C and Mood
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential nutrient that cannot be produced by the human body. Therefore, we must rely on diet and/or nutritional supplements to meet our daily vitamin C needs.
Beyond its well-known function as an antioxidant, vitamin C plays a crucial role in supporting various bodily processes, including the synthesis of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which are closely linked to mood balance . Serotonin, often referred to as the “happiness hormone,” helps regulate mood, sleep, and appetite. Dopamine is involved in the brain’s reward and pleasure centers, influencing motivation and emotional responses.
Several scientific studies have shown that insufficient intake of vitamin C can lead to decreased levels of serotonin and dopamine . Conversely, ensuring an adequate intake of vitamin C supports the synthesis and release of these neurotransmitters, positively impacting our mood and overall mental well-being.
When you consider the low risk of toxicity for this water-soluble vitamin, and the value of sufficiency for mental health, it makes a great candidate for supplementation.
Antioxidants in the Brain
Beyond its role in neurotransmitter synthesis, vitamin C also benefits the brain as an antioxidant. Antioxidants help protect our cells from oxidative stress, which is linked to numerous elements of mental health. By neutralizing harmful free radicals, vitamin C supports healthy inflammatory responses and cellular integrity, thereby promoting optimal cognitive function and emotional stability.
Getting More Daily Vitamin C
Vitamin C supplementation can have a significant positive effect on mood and perceived stress [1,2]. In order to harness these benefits, however, your intake must be adequate, daily. Here are some practical tips to help you incorporate vitamin C into your routine:
- Embrace a balanced diet: Consume a variety of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, strawberries, bell peppers, kale, and broccoli.
- Consider supplements: If your diet falls short of meeting your daily vitamin C requirements, consider vitamin C supplements after consulting with a healthcare professional.
- Mindful cooking: Opt for cooking methods that preserve vitamin C content, such as steaming or lightly stir-frying, as excessive heat can destroy this sensitive nutrient.
- Storage and preparation: Store fruits and vegetables properly to minimize vitamin C loss. Cut or peel them just before consumption to retain the highest nutrient content.
Vitamin C Supplements
If you decide to go the supplementation route, our sister company, Metabolic Maintenance has some incredible options to consider. There are stand alone options in powders and capsules, and even low acidity options if you are sensitive to other vitamin C products. Additionally, vitamin C is included in several full-spectrum formulas if you are in the market for a daily multivitamin formula.
If you are taking (or interested in starting) our highest dose of 15 mg L-methylfolate, MethylPro offers a 15mg dose in combination with a high-quality multivitamin. This formula includes 150 mg of vitamin C to further support your balanced mood.