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Improve your mood with Vitamin C

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The problem
You regularly feel down in the dumps.

The solution
Start taking vitamin C supplements. As well as improving iron absorption and helping to maintain healthy skin, vitamin C – also known as ascorbic acid – has been found to improve mood significantly. The human body can’t produce it either, so deficiency can be a common problem.

The science
Hospital patients who were given vitamin C supplements recorded improved mood response scores, with an average improvement of 34%, in a study published in the journal Nutrition. What’s more, patients with existing vitamin deficiencies recorded the largest improvements.

Hospital patients who were given vitamin C supplements recorded improved mood response scores, with an average improvement of 34%, in a study published in the journal Nutrition. What’s more, patients with existing vitamin deficiencies recorded the largest improvements.

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Joe Warner
Joe Warner

Joe Warner worked for Men’s Fitness UK, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach, from 2008 to 2013, then returned as editor of Men’s Fitness UK from 2016 to 2019.