The coronavirus pandemic is likely to have a “profound and pervasive impact” on global mental health as billions of people struggle to cope with isolated living and anxiety spikes, experts have warned.
With prescriptions for antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs and anti-insomnia drugs recently reported to have increased in the United States by 21 percent, the coronavirus pandemic has become a license to print money for the Pharma Cartel. Forced to remain in their homes as a result of emergency laws imposing draconian restrictions on their personal freedoms, it is hardly surprising that many people are increasingly battling anxiety and depression. In Ireland, around a fifth of people are said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety as the coronavirus lockdown continues.
Ultimately, the only long-term solution to these mental health problems will be for governments to bring an end to the lockdown. Meantime, however, there is growing scientific evidence that nutritional approaches may help. A clinical trial published in 2017 showed that magnesium supplements are effective in the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression. Finding that daily supplementation with magnesium leads to a significant decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms, and that it works quickly and is well tolerated, the study concluded that magnesium may be a safe over-the-counter alternative to antidepressant drugs.
Other research has found evidence linking a deficiency of B vitamins with depression. A scientific review published in 2017 noted that low levels of B vitamins are common in depression and that supplementation with these nutrients has been shown to improve depression outcomes.
Similarly, a meta-analysis published in 2016 looked at 13 studies involving 1,233 participants and found that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce symptoms of even major depressive disorder.
To learn how a study published in 2018 found that a vitamin-rich Mediterranean-style diet may help prevent depression, read this article on our website.