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Vitamins play a role in Mental Health

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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.

http://www.spectracell.com/webinar-mood-disorders/

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.

 

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