This week experts have revealed new research that shows the positive effect a healthy diet and nutritional supplements can have on maintaining and promoting mental health.
Their evidence, from clinical research, supports the use of several nutritional supplements for certain types of psychiatric disorders. Here are the top three nutrients that could positively influence your brain health:
1. Omega 3
Taking omega 3 supplements appears beneficial for addressing mental health symptoms of depression, bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorder. Omega 3 fats can be found in nuts, seeds and oily fish, however, omega 3 is also available in a supplement form.
Zinc, magnesium and iron play important roles in the body's neurological function. In light of this, supplementation with any one of these has shown to improve depressed moods and symptoms of anxiety helping mental health.
3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is hitting the headlines a lot recently thanks to its important role in supporting immune and bone health, however, it is also essential for brain development. Data suggests low levels of vitamin D during childhood can increase the risk of schizophrenia and depressive symptoms. The majority of our vitamin D is produced by our body from UV rays, however, during the winter months, our levels of vitamin D reduce.