This multivitamin makes men feel better
Men feel healthier and more alert, and suffer less from depression, anxiety and stress, if they take a reasonably dosed multivitamin every day. This is according to an Australian study published in 2011.
Australian researchers at Swinburne University divided fifty men aged 50-69 years into 2 groups. For 8 weeks, the men in one group took a placebo daily, while the men in the other group took a complex multivitamin every day. This supplement contained not only vitamins and minerals, but also various plant extracts.
The product the researchers tested was Ulvite from Swisse. As you probably guessed, Swisse sponsored the study.
You can see the composition of Ulvite below. Click on the image for a larger version.
Before and at the end of the supplementation period, the researchers got the men to complete a battery of questionnaires, which gave them an idea of the men's mental health.
Supplementation with the multivitamin significantly decreased the GHQ score. This score says something about how healthy people feel. The decrease means that the supplement allows people to function better in their daily lives.
The supplement also made the men feel more alert [AMS Alert] and show fewer symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress [DASS Total].
Click on the table below for a larger version.
"Multivitamin supplementation may be useful in improving alertness and reducing negative mood symptoms and improving day-to-day functioning", the Australians summarize their findings.
Hum Psychopharmacol. 2011 Dec;26(8):560-7.
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