Urgent Need To Integrate Nutrition Into Psychiatry
Why you can trust Nutri Advanced Every article on our site is researched thoroughly by our team of highly qualified nutritionists. Find out more about our editorial process.
A position statement published in World Psychiatry has highlighted an urgent need to integrate nutritional support into mainstream approaches for the prevention and treatment of mental health problems.
“Present treatment of mental disorders is achieving sub-optimal outcomes; in addition, little attention is given to preventative efforts. Due to the immense burden of mental disorders, there is now an urgent need to identify modifiable targets for the prevention of mental disorders and have a fundamental role in the promotion of mental health.”
The position statement comes from the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and calls for a new integrated paradigm in psychiatry where nutritional considerations (both educational and prescriptive) can be considered ‘mainstream’.
“In addition to dietary modification, we recognise that nutrient-based (nutraceutical) prescription has the potential to assist in the management of mental disorders at the individual and population level. Many of these nutrients have a clear link to brain health, including: omega 3s, B vitamins (particularly folate and B12), choline, iron, zinc, S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe), vitamin D and amino acids. While we advocate for these to be consumed in the diet where possible, additional select prescription of these as nutraceuticals may also be justified.”
Sarris J, Logan A, Akbaraly T, et al. International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research consensus position statement: nutritional medicine in modern psychiatry. World Psychiatry. 2015; September 25, 2015. doi: DOI: 10.1002/wps.20223.
This website and its content is copyright of Nutri Advanced ©. All rights reserved. See our terms & conditions for more detail.
Nutri Advanced has a thorough researching process and for any references are included, each source is scrutinised beforehand. We aim to use the highest value source where possible, referencing peer-reviewed journals and official guidelines in the first instance before alternatives. You can learn more about how we ensure our content is accurate at time of publication on our editorial policy.
Most Popular Articles
Learn more about the different types of vitamin C, the different benefits you get from different types, and what you get for spending more on a good supplement.
In this research review article, we take a closer look at a lesser-known natural compound called myo-inositol that has been found to have significant potential to improve many of the prevalent features of PCOS.
Read the top 10 reasons that kids should have plenty of Omega-3- an essential fatty acid- including for depression, brain function, sleep & reading/maths skills.