Mental Health Benefits
What do cheese, chicken and tuna have in common? Other than being staples of high-protein diets, they are also fine sources of B12, a vitamin increasingly linked to strong mental health.
Over the past several years, evidence has shown that B vitamins—B12 and folate in particular—may ward off depression and other mental problems. A Finnish study is only the latest to link B vitamins to maintenance of good mood.
The study determined that high levels of vitamin B12 in the bloodstream were linked to more successful outcomes among people being treated for depression. The study tracked 115 outpatients who were seeing psychiatrists and therapists as treatment for major depression. Just over half of the patients were also taking antidepressant medications. When researchers followed up with patients six months after counseling sessions had ended, people whose B12 levels were highest had had the most success in halting depressive symptoms.
Scientists haven’t pinpointed the mechanisms in the brain that account for these benefits. But they have made some connections that show B vitamins are crucial to balanced brain chemistry and mood.
1 ½ Tbsp. Olive oil
¼ Cup Diced onion
2 cloves Minced garlic
5 Tbsp. Ketchup
3 Tbsp. Honey
3 Tbsp. Brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
To taste Salt & pepper
2 each Skinless, boneless chicken breast
- Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until tender. Stir in ketchup, honey, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper. Cook for a few minutes to thicken sauce. Remove from heat, and allow to cool.
- Lightly oil the grill grate. Dip chicken in sauce, and turn to coat. Cook on grill for 10-15 minutes, turning once. Move chicken to the skillet with sauce. Simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side.