Your Diet and Nutrition is Essential for Mental Health

By Lusea Lu / September 20, 2015

Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaboration led by the University of Melbourne and Deakin University has revealed.

Published in The Lancet Psychiatry today, leading academics state that as with a range of medical conditions, psychiatry and public health should now recognise and embrace diet and nutrition as key determinants of mental health.

Lead author, Dr Jerome Sarris from the University of Melbourne and a member of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR), said psychiatry is at a critical stage, with the current medically-focused model having achieved only modest benefits in addressing the global burden of poor mental health.

“While the determinants of mental health are complex, the emerging and compelling evidence for nutrition as a key factor in the high prevalence and incidence of mental disorders suggests that nutrition is as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology, endocrinology and gastroenterology,” Dr Sarris said.

“In the last few years, significant links have been established between nutritional quality and mental health. Scientifically rigorous studies have made important contributions to our understanding of the role of nutrition in mental health,” he said.

Findings of the review revealed that in addition to dietary improvement, evidence now supports the contention that nutrient-based prescription has the potential to assist in the management of mental disorders at the individual and population level.

Read the full article from the University of Melbourne

Studies have shown that a wide range of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, trace-elements, clean Omega-3 Fatty Acids and amino-acids have a direct connection  to brain and mental health.  Particularly watch out to get plenty of the below listed ingredients  to ensure a brain supportive diet:

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
  • Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid / Folate)
  • Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin)
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Choline
  • S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAMe)

Check out the video below of Dr. Andrew Saul talking about the impact of a Niacin supplementation on a severly depressed person.

To find out more about how to stay mentally healthy, join the Mental Wellness Summit FOR FREE online from August 10-17, 2015





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