Depression – Nutritional Deficiencies which can Exacerbate It.


We know that if we have suffered significant trauma during our childhoods we are more prone to depression in our adult lives than those who were fortunate enough to have had a relatively stable upbringing (all else being equal).

However, there are other factors that may make us more vulnerable to developing depression and, in this article, the factor that I wish to concentrate upon is NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCES.

Research suggests that a deficiency in our bodies of any of the following may increase our risk of developing depression, make our chances of recovering from an existing depression smaller and, in connection with this, make it less likely that we will respond to some anti- depressants.


1) FOLATE – the nutrition expert Hyman suggests that if we are deficient in folate it lowers the chances any anti- depressants we may be taking will work effectively

2) MAGNESIUM – Hyman suggests that magnesium deficiency can make us less able to cope with the effects of stress

3) OMEGA -3 FATTY ACID – a deficiency in this, research indicates, can lower our mood


5) IODINE – if we are deficient in this our thyroid may under-perform which can result in feelings of lethargy, fatigue, inability to concentrate and depression

6) VITAMIN B COMPLEX – deficiency in this, too, may lead to under-performance of the thyroid with the same results as described immediately above. This is also true of :

7) SELENIUM (see 6 above)

8) IRON – research suggests that a deficiency in this can lead to feelings of fatigue and depression. The deficiency is much more likely to affect women than men


If considering taking supplements it is recommended that an appropriate professional is consulted.

Resources :

Natural Treatment Plan For Depression (downloadable) : CLICK HERE.


David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).



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About David Hosier MSc

Holder of MSc and post graduate teaching diploma in psychology. Highly experienced in education. Founder of Survivor of severe childhood trauma.

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