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7 Nutritional Deficiencies That Can Wreck Your Mental Health

D Tejaswi

5 min read

Safeguard your mental and physical health with a healthy, diverse diet. Low levels of essential nutrients are linked to depression, anxiety and irritability. Here’s how to read the signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH, USA) says that mood disorders are caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors. Nutritional imbalance is one of the often-neglected biological factors. “Few people are aware of the connection between nutrition and depression while they easily understand the connection between nutritional deficiencies and physical illness,” quotes Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 2008. Nutrition is quintessential in our ability to regulate psychological and emotional needs. Any deficiencies in key nutrition (vitamins and minerals) can compromise optimal brain functioning and increase irritability, tiredness and depression.

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