Can adding folate to my diet reduce my symptoms of depression?

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Adding more folate to your diet -- through foods or supplements -- can reduce symptoms of depression, improve response to antidepressants and may also help in recovery from depressive episodes. Depressed people often have low levels of folate, a B vitamin important for cell growth. Adult women should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folate daily; pregnant women need 600 mcg and nursing mothers, 500 mcg. The U.S. government requires folate (as folic acid) to be added to some foods, such as fortified cereals and breads. Natural sources include liver, spinach and black-eyed peas.

It's pretty sound advice for women who are experiencing mood problems to take a multivitamin with folate. 

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