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Perceptions of vitamin consumption and their influence on psychological well-being

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2020

Vitamin consumption is primarily used for health promotion, with specific vitamins used to fulfil certain nutritional needs and has been repeatedly associated with improving mood and depressive symptomology. The primary aim of this study was to examine the underlying relationships between vitamin consumption and knowledge and aspects of both physical and mental health. A university student and community sample of participants (N = 190) completed an online survey to assess vitamin behaviours (knowledge and consumption frequency), perceptions of both mental and physical health, gratitude, life satisfaction, and mindfulness. Results revealed there to be no associations between vitamin consumption or knowledge and psychological well-being. Hierarchical regression analysis assessed the predictive value of the constructs on one another, with gratitude and mindfulness emerging as significantly predictive of perceptions of mental health. The results add to our current understanding of the role of alternative, holistic health behaviours and their associations with aspects of psychological wellbeing. Additionally, this is the first study to examine these constructs together, applying them to holistic health behaviours.

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