In an area like mental health, we are often left with limited options and whatever science has come up with to date. It’s sometimes not enough to get people to their optimal place or it can be accompanied by unwanted side effects. Others simply don’t want to take medications for their own reasons . Most often many fall into those in-between places where we aren’t unwell enough to “need” anything but could benefit tremendously from mood support of some kind. The search for supplementation as an answer for mental health support makes logical sense.
Research indicates that most people do derive valuable health support from supplementing their diet with vitamins, minerals, other nutrients and herbs. There could be several reasons for this including but not limited to the impact of modern farming techniques. The rise of industrial agriculture and synthetic fertilizers have lowered the nutritional micronutrient value of much of what we consume. Factors such as aging, sedentary lifestyle and a diet high in processed food can decrease healthy gut bacteria and impact our digestive tracts resulting in poor nutrient assimilation. Most busy modern lifestyles do not lend themselves to a rich complete healthy diet. Further medications can decrease vitamin and mineral concentrations in the blood.
Micronutrients are vital building blocks for optimal brain health . They are needed for many physiological mechanisms and to build neurotransmitters. The essential role of nutrients in mental health is often overlooked and undermined yet it is essential for our neurological systems to function optimally. Nutrient imbalances can alter brain levels of key neurotransmitters, disrupt gene expression of proteins and enzymes, and cripple the body’s protection against environmental toxins.
Infectious and noninfectious dangers such as stress activate peripheral inflammation, which can induce changes in the brain associated with depression, Neuro-inflammation can also be one root cause of depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders and this is something not typically targeted by most current psychiatric medications. Further, traditional treatments don’t always target all of the possible compounds and physiological mechanisms thought to be critical in emotional wellness and mental health. Biochemical imbalances can be contributing to learning, behavioral, developmental and mental health issues. With advanced nutritional therapies this can be corrected, radically improving symptoms and outcomes.