Nutrition 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.