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Can an orange a day keep depression away?

As bizarre as it sounds, there may be some truth behind this claim. Studies have suggested that vitamin C intake can be directly linked to depression and mood disorders. It’s not just oranges that can help either, vitamin B-6 and B-12 found in leafy greens can also be linked to your mood. Minerals like magnesium, which is found in ginger, are known to boost happiness in those suffering with mild depression. It’s incredible to think a healthy diet full of vitamins and minerals is just as important to your mental health as it is to your physical health.

What the research says.

Studies have lead to vitamin C being recognised as a mood-boosting supplement and even suggest that the vitamin has antidepressant qualities. These studies also concluded that people with low levels of vitamin C felt much more fatigued and depressed than those with higher levels.

The same goes for vitamin B-6 and B-12; research conducted shows that more than a third of psychiatric admissions in America have had deficiencies in folate or vitamin B-12.

So how does it work?

Vitamin C and vitamin B-6 and B-12 are vital for the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical in our bodies which greatly contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness, so increasing our intake of these vitamins can greatly increase mood. Another chemical in our body which can manipulate our attitude is cortisol. This is aptly named the stress hormone, and research suggests that high levels of vitamin C can slow the release of this hormone, leading to less stress and ultimately greater mood.

Maintaining a healthy diet

The benefits of vitamin C on mental health can be seen vividly in this research, but the only question is: How are you going to get these vitamins and minerals into your body effectively and efficiently?

More and more people are turning to Overhang as an energy drink to support their health. Overhang contains vitamins C, B-6 and B-12 in its unique blend of orange, raspberry leaf and lime juice. Ginger is another ingredient in our blend to keep serotonin levels sky-high.

More people are now turning to Overhang to keep healthy and improve their well-being. Why not invest in your happiness today?

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