Study reveals nutrition deficiency affects your mental health

Chaitraly Deshmukh
Saturday, 12 September 2020

Nutrition plays a major role in our mental health, as it impacts our mood, anxiety level, ability to focus, and every other aspect of brain function. Eating well (i.e. a well-balanced diet rich in vegetables and nutrients) may be associated with feelings of wellbeing. Regular check-up of nutrition in the body is vital to get a well-balanced diet, that can provide important vitamins for a healthy lifestyle.

On the occasion of the National Nutrition Week 2020, Apollo Diagnostics, the diagnostic division of Apollo Health & Lifestyle Limited (AHLL) conducted a study on nutrition deficiency associated due to poorer diet and physical health among young, a major reason for mental health problems.

Nutrition plays a major role in our mental health, as it impacts our mood, anxiety level, ability to focus, and every other aspect of brain function. Eating well (i.e. a well-balanced diet rich in vegetables and nutrients) may be associated with feelings of wellbeing. Regular check-up of nutrition in the body is vital to get a well-balanced diet, that can provide important vitamins for a healthy lifestyle.

People with diets deficient are at risk. Low dietary intakes and all micronutrient deficiencies such as vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and folate, are associated with functional decline, decreased quality of life, and increased healthcare costs. Good nutrition helps in building blocks that are necessary for producing chemicals in the brain needed to properly regulate our mood and behaviour.

Micronutrient inadequacies are a common and avoidable contributor to decreased quality of life. To create awareness about the importance of proper nutrition to our body. Apollo Diagnostics conducted a study by taking a health check-up sample report among the age group of 25- 55. It has been noticed that around 20% of people who underwent health check-up in the last 12 months, has nutrition deficiency, a leading cause of mental health.

People are ignorant about the importance of nutrition such as Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin D, B12, Carbohydrates, Protein, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron, Folate, Selenium in their daily diet. Regular test (health check-up) of such nutrition will keep a healthy lifestyle.

Here is all you need to know about important nutrients that make up a healthy diet

· Zinc - Poor zinc levels can impact mood and anxiety levels, reduce appetite, and lead to people generally feeling like they have no energy or motivation to do things,

· Omega-3 Fatty Acids - It supports healthy brain function and low levels can lead to unstable moods, depression, anxiety, poor focus, and attention,

· Vitamin D - It is needed for neurotransmitter production, and low levels have been linked to depression, anxiety, and a host of other mental health symptoms

· B12 - Intake of B12 help in the improvement of depression.

· Magnesium- Magnesium levels that are lower than they should be, which can lead to increased anxiety and panic, restlessness, poor sleep, and irritability.

· Selenium- It helps improve mood.

 

 

 

 

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