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The B Vitamins and Mental Health
An examination of the effects of vitamin B deficiencies, particularly with regards to mental health.
# 92119 | 9,536 words | 27 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This study aims to identify the specific constituents of the vitamin B complexes in general and then goes on to describe how deficiencies of these vitamins adversely affect human health. The paper discusses which aspects of the population are at higher risk of vitamin B deficiencies and what can be done to remedy the problem. The paper specifically talks about the relationship between mental health issues and vitamin B deficiencies.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Statement of the Problem
Purpose of Study
Importance of Study
Chapter 2: Review of Related Literature
Chapter 3: Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Given the above, it is clear that people can experience essential nutrient deficiencies even when they are consuming the recommended daily allowances. While it remains vitally important to prevent such vitamin deficiency syndromes, there is a paucity of scientific evidence that additional intake levels that exceed the recommendations set out in Table 3 above of protein or micronutrients in supplement form is able to enhance athletic performance, notwithstanding the claims of manufacturers to the contrary (Chee et al., 2001). These authors caution that these supplements can actually interfere with the metabolism of the vitamin B complexes, thereby making matters worse instead of better. "In fact, isolated amino acid supplements may impair the uptake and utilization of other essential amino acids from diet, and vitamins and minerals (particularly fat soluble vitamins) may be toxic in high doses. The most common deficiency states in elderly persons related to exercise and functional capacity are energy, protein, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D" (Chee et al., 2001, p. 194)."

Sample of Sources Used:

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