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Can nutrition help treat mood disorders?

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Dr. Brad Bobrin
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Probably: Although the studies with different nutrients are inconclusive, it is always preferable to keep a well balanced diet, with supplements if you don't eat certain foods like meat and fish or vegetables. I often recommend making sure that b12, folate, (folic acid) thiamin and omega 3 fatty acid supplements are considered, esp in hard to treat mood disorders.
Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschneranswered
General Practice 40 years experience
Yes, most likely: Health status generally, and nutrition specifically, is intimately connected to mood. Yet doctors often overlook the importance of it. Consider that there are eating patterns related to emotional states, and some nutrients are depleted by certain drugs. Improving health through better nutrition is likely to improve mood.
Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschner commented
General Practice 40 years experience
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Eating healthy fats, having enough magnesium and B vitamins in your diet, and minimizing dietary sugar and simple carbs (or keeping your blood sugar in balance) will help.
Jul 6, 2012

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