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Via The Conversation: 7 nutrients for mental health

Here’s a great article from The Conversation (found on the SBS site here) giving a run-down on nutrition and mental health. Obviously this is a broad and nuanced topic, but this article is a great little over-view of some facts and tips that you might not be aware of.

Here’s some excerpts: 

Dietary nutrients are critical for brain structure and function, so they have a potentially profound impact on mental health. An increasingly robust body of research points to the detrimental effect of unhealthy diets and nutrient deficiencies, and to the protective value of healthy diets – along with select nutritional supplements as required – for maintaining and promoting mental health.

Diets high in sugary, fatty and processed foods are associated with depression and poor brain health. While nutrient supplementation can have a role in maintaining proper brain function and treating certain psychiatric disorders, nutrients should, in the first instance, be consumed as part of a balanced wholefood diet.

The article drills down into 7 main categories and offers some brief knowledge on how these specific key nutrients can positively affect your mental health:


B vitamins and folate

Amino acids


Vitamin D

Plant based antioxidants


The final note makes no bones about the facts of the findings:

There is now enough research evidence to show the importance of nutrients for mental as well as physical well-being. A discussion about diet and nutrition should be the starting point in conversations about mental health, just as it is for physical health.

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