Dietary Change Key to Improving Mental Health, Experts Say
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Wednesday, November 04, 2015 08:07 AM

Dietary changes that reduce the incidence of, and prevent, mental health disorders are a cost-effective and efficacious means of improving mental health, urges a position statement released by the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR).  It emphasizes that there is epidemiologic, basic scientific, and clinical evidence to show that diet both influences risk for and outcomes of mental health disorders.  Moreover, a number of nutrients are linked to brain health. The statement calls for more robust research to determine the clinical impact of dietary changes and to identify biomarkers.

The situation we find ourselves in across the world is one wherein unhealthy food products are ubiquitous, they're heavily marketed, they're socially acceptable and normalized, and we believe that they're highly addictive.  The changes to our diet, globally, have resulted in a tsunami of ill health across the globe, and an unhealthy diet is...understood to be the greatest cause of early mortality.  We can't continue to ignore this. No country in the world can afford the costs associated with the substantial changes to the food systems as the drivers of noncommunicable disorders, which we now understand include mental disorders and neurodegenerative disorders, and possibly neurodevelopmental disorders.

Furthermore, it states that "evidence-based nutritional change should be regarded as an efficacious and cost-effective means to improve mental health."