The influence of nutrition on mental health

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1. A poor diet can affect mental health

Probably most people know that the food they eat affects the health of their body. Healthy food choices help maintain and boost heart health, strong muscles and achieve a proper weight.

Also, mood can be influenced by what a person consumes, so the mood will be much good after consuming a salad or cooked vegetables compared to fast food. Researchers study the effects of dietary choices on mood and mental health of people.

There are plenty of unanswered questions such as:
- Can the vitamins deficiencies contribute to depression?
- Is it true that food supplements enhance the emotional state of those who suffer from nutritional deficiencies?
- How much of a supplement will increase the mental health?


1. A poor diet can affect mental health
2. What kinds of nutrients stimulate the mental health?

2. What kinds of nutrients stimulate the mental health?

Studies on the connection between food and mood were quite limited and results are mixed. Since quite many questions remained unanswered, the doctors do not recommend dietary changes intended to replace medical treatment for mental disorders such as depression.

Evidence suggests that some nutrients can improve a person’s emotional state. All these nutrients are found in a balanced diet. In addition to that, a proper nutrition could increase physical and emotional tone.

Omega-3 fatty acids improve heart health by reducing bad cholesterol in the body and increasing good cholesterol. It was demonstrated including the positive role of omega-3 on mental health, because it can affect how the brain sends signals throughout the body. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in seafood, fish (salmon, herring, sardines, mackerel), flaxseed, flaxseed oil and walnuts.

Tryptophan is an amino acid that the body needs to produce serotonin. Persons who suffer from depression have low levels of serotonin. We are currently investigating the effects of tryptophan to treat depression. Tryptophan is found in red meat composition, turkey and dairy products. Magnesium is a nutrient that helps the body produce energy and contributes to the proper functioning of muscles, arteries and heart. Currently the researchers study including the role that magnesium supplements could have in treating depression. Magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables, nuts and avocados.

Folic acid and vitamin B12 are part of the vitamin B group that plays an important role in metabolic function and blood cell production. This affects the production of dopamine and norepinephrine. In many cases, depressed people have low levels of these substances. Thus increasing amounts of folic acid and vitamin B-12 may increase the response to specific drugs for treating depression.



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