Nutrients for Managing Anxiety and other Mental Health Problems
There are numerous incidences of natural agents being used to reduce the consequences of increased anxiety; some of these have a better sense of position in science than others. It must be remembered that there are still many unknowns about the whys and whats of all mental health disorders, but many people wish to explore the safer options first.
In an article out in The journal Advances in Mind Body Medicine, the Fall 2012 issue has a very informative article written by Mark Zell and Oliver Grundmann. The following table has been extracted from the article; more detail may be discovered by reading the free journal here.
Orthomolecular supplements suggested or studied daily dosage and reference sourced for the discussed psychiatric disorders.
|Indication||Orthomolecular Supplement||Daily Dosage||References|
|Schizophrenia||Vitamin B3 (niacin)||1-6 g|||
|Omega-3 Fatty acids (EPA)||2 g|||
|Bipolar Disorder||Vanadium||3 g|||
|Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)||100-200 mg|||
|Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)||0.2 mg|||
|Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)||0.3-0.6 mg|||
|Depressive disorders||Tryptophan||Not known||, |
|Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA, DHA)||1.5-2 g|||
|Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)||0.8 mg||,,|
|Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)||0.4 mg|||
|Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder||DHA (omega-3 fatty acid)||480 mg|||
|EPA (omega-3 fatty acid)||80 mg|||
|GLA (omega-6 fatty acid)||60 -96 mg|||
|Zinc||55- 150 mg||,|
|Anxiety disorders||Calcium||2 g|||
|Magnesium||0.6 – 1 g|||
|Vitamin B3 (niacinimide)||2.5 g|||
|Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)||5- 10 g|||
|Zinc||50 -80 mg|||
 Zell M, Grundmann O. An Orthomolecular approach to the prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Advances in Mind Body Medicine. 2012 Fall:14- 28 View Journal  Vaughan K, McConaghy N. Megavitamin and dietary treatment in schizophrenia: a randomised, controlled trial. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1999 Feb;33(1):84-8. View Abstract
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