Vitamin B6 may help people with anxiety and depression, new study finds

BOSTON — A new study finds that vitamin B6, which is a common vitamin supplement, can help patients with anxiety and depression.

Researchers in the UK recruited 478 volunteers with anxiety and/or depression and randomly assigned them to receive high doses of vitamin B6, vitamin B12 or a placebo and examined them before and after taking the pills for a month. They found that those who took the B6 supplement saw a significant reduction in their symptoms of anxiety and depression compared to the placebo.

They say vitamin B6 supplements may help some patients avoid the unwanted side effects of prescription drugs. But before starting any new supplement, discuss it with your doctor first.

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