Friday, March 24, 2006

Nutrition and mental health

Britain's Mental Health Foundation has launched a campaign, called
Feeding Minds, to raise awareness about the important of nutrition not just for a healthy body, but for a healthy mind, as well.


As part of the campaign, the Foundation has released two (very lengthy) reports, available in PDF format: Feeding Minds—The Impact of Food on Mental Health (5.55 MB, 72 pages) and Changing Diets, Changing Minds: How Food Affects Mental Well Being and Behaviour (825 KB, 128 pages).


From the executive summary of the former report:


The time is now right for nutrition to become a mainstream, everyday component of mental health care, and a regular factor in mental health promotion.

The four-page Nutrition Table lists common mental-health problems (such as anxiety and poor concentration) to deficiencies of specific nutrients.


—Mellow Monk


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