MICRONUTIRENTS FOR MENTAL HEALTH

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According to the WHO, 15% of all those who suffer from mental disorders are working-age individuals. Recent research suggests that nutrient based medications could help in the treatment of mental health disorders in both individuals and populations.

Five micronutrients were recommended as aiding better mental health management. These
include:


1) B complex vitamins, especially Folate, B6 and B12 to enhance mental health and
positively impact cognitive performance.

2) Vitamin C to manage symptoms of anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder


3) Vitamin D to reduce symptoms of depression.


4) Zinc to reduce emotional instability and to handle stress.


5) Omega 3 fatty acids to prevent ageing, preserve cognitive functions, reduce post- partum depression, control major depression and schizophrenia.


 

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Describing herself as a 'surgeon who would rather wield a pen', Dr Sumedha Rege is an ENT specialist by profession but a writer by choice. After completing post-graduation in ENT in 2003, she has also worked as a post-graduate trainer in a popular institute in Mumbai. Obtaining an advanced diploma in creative writing with distinction in 2010, she has written on myriad topics for quite a few online publications. She currently has a private practice in Thane and is specially interested in nasal allergies.

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