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Study finds vitamins boost mental health.

Post by Paddy on Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:18 am

Used without Permission, from NZ Herald online 4:00 AM Thursday Jan 21, 2010

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10621351

cos if I asked, they might say no or be silly enough to think I have money to pay for republication rights. I donít, sorry, NZH lawyers Ė I are skint.
Anyway, some may find this article of interest.


Study finds vitamins boost mental health.

People with mental illness made "remarkable" improvements by taking a daily dose of nutritional supplements rather than conventional medicines, a trial has found.

The work by a Canterbury University clinical psychologist has shown the potential that consumption of the right micronutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids, could have for helping a range of mental health problems.

Many who took part in a trial with Associate Professor Julia Rucklidge showed improvements they had not shown under prescription drugs.

Dr Rucklidge said it should come as no surprise that micronutrients could affect psychiatric symptoms, as they were essential for the inner workings of the brain.

"It is possible that some individuals with mental illness either have deficiencies in nutrients or may need more for optimal brain functioning."

Dr Rucklidge's trial focused on sufferers of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which affects 3 to 5 per cent of adults.

In the trial, 14 adults with both ADHD and severe mood dysregulation (SMD) took a 36-ingredient micronutrient formula that consisted of mainly vitamins, minerals and amino acids, over eight weeks.

Significant improvements were found on measures of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness, mood, quality of life, anxiety and stress.

"Most of the individuals were in a moderate to severe depressed state at the start of the trial," Dr Rucklidge said..
"At the end of the eight weeks, the mean score on the depression measure fell in the normal non-depressed range, which is a fairly remarkable change in such a short time, especially as many had not experienced such improvements with other conventional treatments.
"Participants were monitored for a further two months and people who stayed on the micronutrient formula showed further improvements and the ones who came off showed regression in their symptoms."

Dr Rucklidge said another important finding of her work was that micronutrient treatment had few side effects in comparison to many of the mood stabilisers and stimulants used in conventional treatments.

Dr Lyndy Matthews, of the College of Psychiatrists, said there was a lack of scientific evidence to show micronutrients were an effective treatment for mental illness.

But she considered it very important for people being treated for mental illness to take care of their physical health, often directing her own patients to see a dietician.

The Mental Health Foundation welcomed another approach that could help treat mental illness, "particularly one that is more than just pharmaceutical products, and that people can work with themselves". Ends.
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Post by eldritch on Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:31 am

I take a multi-vitamin and a fish oil supplement daily, impossible to say if it helps or not.
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Post by mistameenah on Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:55 am

my son who is 15 got alot out of taking multivitamins to help combat his depression. i know they work because he felt better and now that he has stopped them he has big cloud hanging over him again. so we are starting them again.
he was given vit b6, omega 3, zinc, a multivitamin boost, and melatonin to help with sleep, then after a month or so he started taking 5htp.

it really helped him alot.
i would recommend looking into it for everyone who has long term depression.

it certainly cant hurt.
altho
a gp would know what dose and when to take them.
so their advice would be wise to consult.
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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:09 am

Medication: Deer Velvet

I used Deer Velvet when I was training to become a teacher. It was recommended by someone who had used it for glandular fever. i also had anemia, so my energy levels were very low,and continue to be prescribed iron. I took it in my second year of study and again in my final year. It is recommended for other uses also.

IT WORKED, after three weeks rest and with DV on board i was able to keep up with the stresses of study. I was undiagnosed as having bi-polar, depression and the other labels. I will be saving up my Penny's for next winter as I get very unwell, both physically and emotionally. My energy levels increased as did motivation, whilst taking DV. If I had extra money I would stay on it.


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Post by eldritch on Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:20 pm

DONT take 5htp if your on an SSRI with out consulting your doctor.

It would not surprise me if they helped people but im cautious of one person saying it worked for them, i believe proper scientific research need to be done to validate all the claims.

The pill pushers im the 'alternative' sector are often as profit driven as the pharmaceutical companies but are not as regulated.
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