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In another thread, I brought up how a recent study found that women suffering from mild-moderate depression responded to more folate in their diets. That's it - multi-vitamins and folate-rich food.<br><br><br><br>
I've very curious about this. Would anyone be willing to give this a try? I'll even give it a try and see if I notice an improvement in my mood.<br><br><br><br>
If there is anyone willing to give it a try, I'll post more details abou the study.
 

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Basically, it was a study of 2948 people, aged 15-39. 301 of them had major depression and 121 with chronic sadness. The depressed/sad group were more likely to have lower lvls of folate in their bloodstreams.<br><br><br><br>
Another study, closely related found that taking 100-150% of the daily recommended amount of folate from food and/or supplements made a difference in the moods of test subjects.
 

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Krista, I'm depressed, and, since I can't take my (oyster shell) calcium supplement anymore, I gotta do something. I'd be happy to try folate with you.
 

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cool.<br><br><br><br>
I don't class myself in the depression camp, but I am curious if it will brighten my mood regardless of said lack of depression.
 

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Krista, I have taken a women specific multi in addition to a B complex everyday for several years (that's at least 800 mg of folate a day) and have seen no positive results to my depression so far. My depression has been coined moderate to severe. Maybe you should look for mild people only, that way the results might be more noticable for them. Just a thought <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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It did have some results with severe depression, but it appears that mild-moderate had better results.<br><br><br><br>
I am sorry that it does not work for you though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I have read this, too. As per recommendations of Dr. Andrew Weil, I have been taking vitamins C, b complex, and calcium for many years. I do feel more stressed out when I don't take them, but that may be bc when I am more stressed out I am more likely to not keep track of things like taking vitamins.<br><br><br><br>
Women of childbearing age should be taking folate supplements anyway bc you never know when you might get pregnant, and folate is very important in preventing birth defects in the time period before anyone would even know they were pregnant yet.
 

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so what foods are high in folate...vegetables and whole grains, i think? or are you just supposed to take a supplement?
 

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I found some folate sources: raw or lightly-cooked green leafy vegetables (e.g. watercress, broccoli, spinach), yeast, yeast extracts, dates, runner beans, nuts, wheatgerm, peas, oranges, avocados, whole grains.
 

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Wow - I bet I get my RDA without my supplement (I eat lots of the things you listed Cougar).<br><br><br><br>
I suffer from irritability and grouchiness. I'm not sure if it's actual depression. I'm all for experimenting.<br><br><br><br>
How much Folate are we supposed to take Kristab?
 

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At least 0.4mg (what is in most women's supplements), but many were taking more then that (I can't get my hands on the original study, so I'm trying to piece together what i can find).<br><br><br><br>
The upper limit of folate is 1g (1000mcg = 1g right?), so you can have up to that much without hurting yourself. Though, your pee may turn yellow (if supplementing) or green (if leafing).
 

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Veg*ns are normally well above RDA, whereas most omnis stay below.<br><br>
Folate is very important, but a word of caution, don´t take a high dosage without supplementing B12, as high folate might mask a macrocytosis and B12 deficiency.
 

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I've kept track of my folate intake for about three weeks now. I must say I feel much better than I ever did on calcium or Effexor. I have more energy and don't feel sorry for myself as much as I used to. I get around 0.5 mg a day, when I'm paying attention, and I probably get almost that when I can't read the lables. So far, so good.
 

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wow! That is so incredible!<br><br><br><br>
I'm getting around 0.4 - 0.6mg daily and I'm finding I have more "pep" in my step.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Krista, I have taken a women specific multi in addition to a B complex everyday for several years (that's at least 800 mg of folate a day) and have seen no positive results to my depression so far.</div>
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I wonder if the vitamin is absorbed well by the body? Out of that 800 mg of folate your body could be absorbing 20 mg, you never know. Also you could eat more folate rich foods.<br><br><br><br>
Speaking of absorbabilty, Shaklee products are very well absorbed. They offer a B-Complex with folate, here is a direct link for those who want to check it out:<br><br><a href="http://www.shaklee.net/healthandvitality/product/20186" target="_blank">http://www.shaklee.net/healthandvitality/product/20186</a>
 

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Brewers yeast has a lot of folate along with all essential amino acids and many other nutrients. I highly recommend it!!
 

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I think I'll try this too!<br><br>
I hope it works! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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