In the News: “Diet and Nutrition Essential for Mental Health”!

Say again, please!

“Diet and Nutrition Essential for Mental Health”?

 Yes, indeed… 

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Surely this news bears repeating [thanks to article fresh out of the ‘Melbourne Newsroom’]: 

Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaboration led by the University of Melbourne and Deakin University has revealed.

[Per publication in The Lancet Psychiatry 1/28/2015] …leading academics state that as with a range of medical conditions, psychiatry and public health should now recognise and embrace diet and nutrition as key determinants of mental health.  Lead author, Dr. Jerome Sarris [from the University of Melbourne and a member of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research] said psychiatry is at a critical stage, with the current medically-focused model having achieved only modest benefits in addressing the global burden of poor mental health.

While the determinants of mental health are complex, the emerging and compelling evidence for nutrition as a key factor in the high prevalence and incidence of mental disorders suggests that nutrition is as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology, endocrinology and gastroenterology.’ Dr. Sarris said.

‘In the last few years, significant links have been established between nutritional quality and mental health…’ he said.

Findings of the review revealed that in addition to dietary improvement, evidence now supports the contention that nutrient-based prescription has the potential to assist in the management of mental disorders at the individual and population level.  Studies show… nutrients have a clear link to brain health…

‘While WE ADVOCATE FOR THESE TO BE CONSUMED IN THE DIET WHERE POSSIBLE, additional select prescription of these as nutraceuticals may also be justified,’ Dr. Sarris said.

Associate Professor Felice Jacka, a Principal Research Fellow from Deakin University and president of the ISNPR noted that many studies have shown associations between healthy dietary patterns and a reduced prevalence of and risk for depression and suicide across cultures and age groups.  ‘Maternal and early-life nutrition is also emerging as a factor…’ she said.

A systematic review published in late 2014 has also confirmed a relationship between ‘unhealthy’ dietary patterns and poorer mental health in children and adolescents… 

THESE DATA POINT TO DIETARY IMPROVEMENT AS A WAY of preventing the initial incidence of common mental disorders.

[Per] Dr Sarris, an executive member of the ISNPR: …TIME to advocate for a more integrative approach to psychiatry, with diet and nutrition as key elements.  ‘It is TIME for clinicians to consider diet and additional nutrients as part of the treating package to manage the enormous burden of mental ill health‘, he said.”   [via source: The Melbourne Newsroom]

AMEN, AMEN, I SAY TO THAT!! …about time, indeed. 

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And speaking of quality choices supplying key nutrients essential to brain health, the following are a few examples of such to take into account…  [–The Way to Nourish for Life! 2015]:

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5 thoughts on “In the News: “Diet and Nutrition Essential for Mental Health”!

  1. Thanks, Nourish. We seem to know from experience that regular and sensible exercise is a great help to a person’s mental health. I would tend to think that those who exercise do or would benefit even more by heeding your advice on nutrition and combining good eating with good cardio and/or strength training.

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