Mental Health

Mental Health

nutrition and mental healthNutrition To Support Mental Health

It makes sense that mental health and I.Q. are dependent upon good nutrition. After all, the brain uses 20% of the body’s total nutritional needs, but studies also support this.  It is important to ensure that we get enough B vitamins including B12 (the active form – methyl cobalamin), B3 (niacin/niacinamide) and B6 (pyridoxal phosphate) to ensure that brain connections are firing as they should.  In addition, fish oil, which contains several long chain omega 3 fatty acids such as DHA and EPA can raise I.Q., improve attention, coordination, spelling, handwriting, and reading levels.  The Durham Trial has shown us that approximately 40% of learning disabled and hyperactive children could benefit from a daily fish oil supplement. Of note as well is: The effect of vitamin-mineral supplementation on the intelligence of American school children:  a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Schoentaler, Bier, Young, Nichols, Jansenns Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2000 Feb:6(1):19-29

In addition to a healthy diet, food sensitivities should be assessed whenever a child presents with behaviour or learning problems in school.  Mineral supplements such as iron, zinc and magnesium may also help children with these challenges.

I am a keen follower of Dr. James Greenblatt, a Massachusetts-based Orthomolecular Psychiatrist and a leader in his field.  He supports good nutrition and supplements to support mental health.  In addition he believes that  lab testing in urine, blood and stool can help determine metabolic malfunctions that lead to behavioural challenges, depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. I attend his seminars and webinars whenever I can.


2 Responses to Mental Health

  1. Mirza October 8, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    I think that magnesium deficincy is definitly linked to depression,so you should definitly consume enough of this very important mineral.

    • Catherine October 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

      Yes, it definitely is linked to several mental disorders including ADHD. thanks for your comment.

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