Vitamin C, like vitamin D, and the omegas, is a wonder supplement, vitally necessary with powerful healing effects. Now, according to research from Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital, treatment with vitamin C rapidly improves the emotional state of acutely hospitalized patients. The study is published in the journal Nutrition.
“About one in five acute-care patients in our hospital have vitamin C levels so low as to be compatible with scurvy,” added Hoffer, also a Senior Physician in the Divisions of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, and a professor of medicine at McGill University. “But patients are rarely given vitamin supplements. Most physicians are simply unaware of the problem. Subclinical deficiencies of vitamin C and D have each been linked to psychological abnormalities, so we examined that aspect in our clinical trial.”
Patients were randomly assigned to receive either vitamin C or vitamin D supplements for seven to ten days, in the double-blind clinical trial. Patients given vitamin C had a rapid and statistically and clinically significant improvement in mood. No significant change in mood occurred with vitamin D.
“The lack of any effect of vitamin D on mood is good evidence we are not dealing with a placebo response,” said Dr. Hoffer. “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.”