Healthy fats such as omega-3s, avocados, coconut oil, etc., are all good for brain health. Certain vitamins prevent neurological /mental health problems. Medical doctors treat first with drugs. But, certain vitamins also have produced improvement in brain health.
Many psychiatric problems have shown vast improvement with nutrients and a healthy diet. Lack of niacin (vitamin B3) in the diet can cause pellagra. Two of its symptoms are delirium and dementia. Schizophrenia also has some of the same signs as pellagra. Pellagra originates in your gut. It is associated with malnourishment and a diet high in corn products. Vitamin B deficiencies produce neuropsychiatric disorders. A vitamin B Complex supplement may just be just what the doctor “hasn’t” ordered!
Many people have a niacin “dependency” which means they need more daily niacin than the average person. Niacin has been successfully used in the treatment of many mental disorders such as ADD, general psychosis, anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. We are not saying to throw out your meds if you happen to be taking some. We are suggesting that adding B vitamins to your daily nutritional program may just help reduce the need for medications. Hopefully, some day doctors might be able to treat mood disorders with nutrition.
Our food has changed over the years. More nutrients are taken out and more junk is being added. We are getting less for our money. Americans have gained weight, lost their health, need more psychotropic drugs and mood enhancers, and we never seem to get any better.
So, “food for thought” is the phrase for today. It’s what we’re lacking that may be causing our sadness, our weight gain, our illness, or our general malaise. It certainly can’t hurt to improve our diets by adding some B vitamins.