Vitamins play a role in Mental Health
When I started the behavioral health outpatient program, the Psychiatrist ordered a blood test to rule out any underlying causes as should all Doctors and Psychiatrists prior to prescribing medication.
Here are some key factors Dr. Ron Grabowski addresses in a presentation called “Nutrition Considerations of Mood Disorders” provided by Spectracell Laboratories.
- Antipsychotic medicines can contribute to weight gain and associated metabolic disorders
- Low blood folate and cobalamin (vitamin B-12) concentrations have been found in patients with major depression
- Low blood folate concentrations have also been associated with a poor response to antidepressant treatment
- Vitamin B12 deficiency (low) is linked to impaired memory, irritability, depression, dementia
- Zinc deficiency has been shown to induce depression-like and anxiety-like behaviors
- Zinc regulates neurotrasmitter systems, antioxident, neurotrophic factors, neuronal precursor cells. It has many jobs, therefore be patient when correcting a deficiency.
- Prenatal vitamins are high in Folic Acid, these larger dosages (greater than 300mg) can cause zinc deficiency.
- Low levels of Magnesium have been associated with confusion, disorientation, agitation, hallucinations, and depression
- Vitamins B1 and B6 go through a process that requires Magnesium, therefore low levels of Magnesium will domino effect to lower levels of B1 and B6.
- Neurotransmitters cannot be produced without vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine).
- Oral contraceptives tend to lower levels of B6
- Fatty acids effect receptor function, neurotransmitter reuptake and signal transmission. Omega 3’s DHA influences neurotransmitter’s Serotonin, Norepinephrine, and Dopamine transport. Supplementing a diet with Omega 3 DHA is recommended but it takes several months to replenish.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain said to have an effect on mental health.
A simple vitamin and your on path to mental health? Amazing.
Spectracell Laboratories specializes in micronutrient testing.
“SpectraCell provides easy-to-read test reports for the clinician and the patient. They’ve incorporated numerical and graphic representations for each result, and offer repletion suggestions based on each patient’s deficiencies. They include easy-to-understand supplement information that explains the role of each nutrient found deficient, deficiency symptoms, how to obtain that nutrient in food and toxicity and RDI standards for adults.”
Visit http://www.spectracell.com/mnt/ for more information.