Can Folic Acid Help Ease Depression?
Folic Acid and the Brain
What the Studies Have Found
Should Folic Acid Be Part of Depression Treatment?
The Bottom Line
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2012 -
- Update Date: 06/12/2012 -
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