WHY NUTRACEUTICAL SUPPORT ?
Research into the role of nutrition and nutraceuticals (pharmaceutical-grade nutrients) in mental health has shown that a healthy diet and properly balanced nutrient profiles can potentially play a significant role in the prevention and management of mental illness and other psychological functioning.
“Nutraceuticals may be used to improve health, delay the aging process, prevent chronic diseases, increase life expectancy, or support the structure or function of the body. Nowadays, nutraceuticals have received considerable interest due to potential nutritional, safety and therapeutic effects. Recent studies have shown promising results for these compounds in various complications” (Narsi et al., 2014).
Nutrients such as fish oil, B vitamins, and vitamin D have all been shown to interact with multiple pathways in our body that are can affect mental illness. These include pathways such as inflammation, an imbalanced gut microbiome (learn more about the gut here), a reduction in the growth of brain cells (also called neurogenesis), and the production of free-radicals. Furthermore, some people might be more susceptible to mental illness because they have in-born errors in some of these pathways which could result in an increased need of certain nutrients in order to prevent malabsorption and/or deficiencies.
Nutraceutical support approaches extend beyond the strict use of psychiatry in treating emotional and behavioral health. Psychiatric approaches typically consider medication as the frontline approach and standard when it comes to helping individuals with their emotional and behavioral wellness. Nutraceutical support approaches employ both preventative and combative methods when considering an individual’s overall psychological functioning.
“Psychiatry is at an important juncture, with the current pharmacologically-focused model having achieved modest benefits in addressing the burden of poor mental health worldwide. Although the determinants of mental health are complex, the emerging and compelling evidence for nutrition as a crucial factor in the high prevalence and incidence of mental disorders suggests that diet is as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology, endocrinology, and gastroenterology. Evidence is steadily growing for the relation between dietary quality (and potential nutritional deficiencies) and mental health, and for the select use of nutrient-based supplements to address deficiencies, or as monotherapies or augmentation therapies.
We advocate recognition of diet and nutrition as central determinants of both physical and mental health” (Sarris et al., 2015).
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Omega fatty acids have also been found to improve ADHD symptoms. Check out this article in ADDitude magazine.
Another recent systematic review, which included a meta-analysis, aimed to assess whether a broad range of nutraceuticals could be effective when combined with conventional antidepressant medications for people diagnosed with depression. The study reviewed 40 clinical trials and found that the pooled results of multiple studies that had investigated nutraceuticals such as S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), methylfolate, omega-3, and vitamin D had a significant positive effect on depression. Check out this journal abstract from the National Institute of Health.
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