Do Vitamin And Mineral Supplements Help With Mental Health?

A new large-scale Australian study has found that certain nutritional supplements may help with some mental health conditions when used in conjunction with conventional treatments.

Led by the NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University, the new study is the world’s largest review of the “best of the best” available evidence on whether specific nutrient supplements could have an impact on different mental disorders.

The researchers looked at 33 meta-analyses of randomized control trials and data from a total of 10,951 people with mental health disorders, including depression, stress and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The nutritional supplements were assessed for both their efficacy and safety, including their dosage, tolerability, and effect on target symptoms.

The findings, published online in the journal World Psychiatry, showed that most of the nutritional supplements included in the study did not make a significant improvement in mental health.

The findings, published online in the journal World Psychiatry, showed that most of the nutritional supplements included in the study did not make a significant improvement in mental health.
However, the researchers did find strong evidence to suggest that certain supplements are effective when used as an additional treatment for some mental disorders, in conjunction with conventional prescribed treatment.

These supplements included omega-3, with the researchers finding strong evidence to suggest that when used as an additional treatment for major depression, it could reduce depressive symptoms more than antidepressants alone.

No compelling evidence was found to support the use of vitamins, such as vitamins E, C or D, or minerals like zinc and magnesium, for any of the mental disorders.

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