Supplement use and Mental Health

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July 9, 2017
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For various reasons supplements are used by many people, once I heard a colleague wanting to purchase a hair vitamin. I was like what the…, really supplements for hair. Don’t let me even begin with the ones meant for body structure or even body parts.

Please don’t get me wrong, supplements are very good options in fact, The human body heals itself and proper nutrition provides the tools needed to accomplish that task. And what proper nutrition is there in our ‘’rice morning, afternoon, night and even snack’’ eating habits. Hence, the need for supplementation cannot be over emphasized.
Supplements have been used majorly for beauty and general wellness, but like always mental health comes last and I bet a lot of people never thought of using supplements for mental wellbeing or even prevent mental illness.

Studies show that a lack of certain nutrients may contribute to the development of mental disorders. Notably, essential vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids are often deficient in the general population. Many experts believe that nutrition has the potential to affect the symptoms and severity of depression. Supplements including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and E, and folate have been investigated. One to two grams of omega-3 fatty acids daily is the generally accepted dose for healthy individuals, but for patients with mental disorders, up to three grams has been shown to be safe and effective.

Supplements that contain amino acids have been found to reduce symptoms, in addition, many people experience subjective improvements in mood or other issues from supplementation. Relatedly, there are several supplements that have shown evidence of benefit for mood or cognition, as well as for physical health problems that are known to both impact mood and be affected by mood symptoms. These include, but are not limited to, omega-3 fatty acids, methylfolate (B9), vitamin B12, and probiotics.

The following is a quick review of a few supplements popular with notifiable effect on mental health.
Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate, a B vitamin found in green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, and fortified breads and cereals. It is available as a vitamin supplement. When combined with an antidepressant, folic acid supplements can boost symptom relief—especially in women. Some research suggests that women of childbearing age should take 800 mcg per day as it improves fertility, prevent teratogenicity and may prevent developmental mental disorders in their children.
Ginkgo Biloba: this herbal supplement is derived from leaves of the ginkgo tree.

Valerian this herb is derived from the root of a pink flower, Valeria Oficinalis is often used as an adjunct in sleep problems.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These naturally occurring fatty acids are most abundant in cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, and anchovies. People who can’t eat fish can also obtain them in fish oil capsules. Look for supplements that contain both EPA and DHA. Like the American Heart Association (which recommends omega-3 fats as a good way to protect against heart disease), the American Psychiatric Association recommends that all adults consume fish at least twice a week. Individuals with mood, impulse control, or psychotic disorders should take a daily 1- to 2-gram supplement containing both EPA and DHA. Additional omega-3 fatty acid supplements may be helpful for people with depression, but don’t exceed 3 grams per day, as this increases risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and stomach upset.
Anti-oxidants: Toxins which affect general body function are eliminated by these substance. Very common ones are the vitamins A, C and E.
Ginsomin: You are stressed, this is your guy. It has stress relieving factors

Supplements are NOT Treatment or CURE for ANY DISEASE, they simply provide for the body the tools necessary to protect itself. Their importance is bore out of the inadequacy in our nutrition.

The Human body has the ability; it has the Intelligence; it knows what to do…It Simply Needs the Tools (Ajibade, 2015).

This posts is not aimed at you buying any supplement, you should check with your doctor before buying any drug.

Stay mentally and physically healthy…., ciao



Lawal Olasimbo is a pharmacist whose interest in mental health aroused upon interning at the federal neuro-psychiatric hospital, yaba, Lagos. He presently works as a pharmacist in a General hospital in Benue State.
Contact: linkedin and email:- lawasimbo



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