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Could Low Iron Be Making Mental Health Symptoms Worse?


A growing amount of research suggests that having too little iron can affect mental health symptoms.
[Source: medicalxpress.com]


Studies increasingly suggest that, just like their physical health counterparts, many mental health problems can be improved through use of the correct micronutrients.

For patients diagnosed with depression, for example, research has shown that magnesium supplements may be an alternative to antidepressant drugs and that omega-3 supplements can help treat even major depression. Low levels of B vitamins are common in depression and supplementation with these nutrients has been shown to improve patient outcomes.

Recent research has linked a higher vitamin D intake in infancy to a lower risk of mental health problems at school age. Significantly, therefore, vitamin D deficiency is known to be common among psychiatric inpatients.

With studies also showing high-dose B vitamins can reduce schizophrenia symptoms, many therapists increasingly believe that nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment.

To read about the growing evidence for the role of nutrition in schizophrenia and psychosis, see this article on our website.