A statement has been put forth by a psychiatry research community that confirms and supports the emerging field of diet and nutrition as modifiers of mental health.
The International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research has issued a consensus statement regarding nutritional medicine in modern psychiatry. Published in the journal World Psychiatry, the statement describes the shift in thinking that nutrition plays a key role in mental health, which has now been supported by an array of quality research in the field. This paradigm shift, bringing nutrition into the mainstream of psychiatric research has led to evidence to support that healthy eating can affect mood, and mental health. The logical progression has also therefore been the implementation of nutraceuticals (nutrient-based supplements) used alone or in combination as therapy.
Based on this growth in clinical evidence, the statement supports that nutritional aspects of mental health should now be considered as mainstream. The statement proposes that due to the role of diet and nutrition in mental health, provides ‘modifiable targets’ to prevent mental illness and promote mental health, in addition to the use of nutraceuticals as mainstream treatment.
Sarris, J, Logan, AC, Akbaraly, TN, Amminger, GP, Balanzá-Martínez, V, Freeman, MP, Hibbeln, J, Matsuoka, Y, Mischoulon, D, Mizoue, T, Nanri, A, Nishi, D, Parletta, N, Ramsey, D, Rucklidge, JJ, Sanchez-Villegas, A, Scholey, A, Su, K-P, Jacka, FN “International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research consensus position statement: nutritional medicine in modern psychiatry” World Psychiatry published online: 25 SEP 2015
Written by Deborah Tallarigo, PhD