Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. “

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Taking care of your mental health should be as important as brushing your teeth. Especially since it impacts aspects of your life as serious as handling stress, relating to other people and how you make your choices. Dr. Pozun, from Lifescape Premier, recently shared her insight on essential vitamins that promote mental health and combat stress and depression.

B12 – Vital for cognitive and neurologic function, important for coping with depression and preventing confusion and dementia. Found In: Lean red meats, chicken, fish, eggs, milk and fortified cereal.

B6 – Important for neurotransmitter dopamine and serotonin production which promote calm and happy moods. Found In: Red meats, chicken, fish, whole grains, fortified cereals, bananas, potatoes, spinach, turnip greens, sunflower seeds, avocado, walnuts, soybeans, lima beans.

B5 – Regulates adrenal function together with folic acid and vitamin C to produce stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Found In: Broccoli, yogurt, chicken, avocado, and whole grains.

B3 – Necessary for production of serotonin and responsible for calm moods. Found In: Red meats, leafy greens, avocado, dates, figs, whole grains, and asparagus.

B1 – Helps in the conversion of blood sugar to energy. Found in: Brown rice, whole grains and sunflower seeds.

LifeScape Premier Note: The SpectraCell Micronutrient Test is the most effective way to determine if your body is lacking any nutrients on a cellular level. Based on the results, we can devise a plan to replenish your deficiencies through your diet or supplements if necessary.