Doctors could improve the emotional state of their Accident and Emergency patients simply by giving them a dose of vitamin C.
Canadian researchers randomly assigned acute hospital patients to receive either vitamin C or vitamin D supplements for seven to 10 days. They found that those who were administered with vitamin C showed a rapid and clinically significant improvement in their state of mood. However, no such change was reported in the vitamin D patients.
Team member Dr L John Hoffer, of the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, said: 'The lack of any effect of vitamin D on mood is good evidence we are not dealing with a placebo response. This looks like a true biological effect. Our finding definitely requires follow up in larger studies in other centres,' he said. The treatment is safe, simple and cheap, and could have major clinical practice implications.'
Vitamin C rich foods include citrus fruits, green peppers, strawberries, tomatoes and broccoli.