Why Diet Might Be a Big Deal for Mental Health

Why Diet Might Be a Big Deal for Mental Health

Mental health is super complicated. And many things, from your genetics to your environment, can affect it. But what you EAT might be having a big impact on your mental health, too.
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50 Comments

  1. There’s an increased need for antioxidants where there is increased oxidative stress and can’t be advocated without looking at why there’s so much oxidative stress. Predictably the research seems aimed at finding a (pharmaceutical) solution rather than getting rid of processed crap, industrial seed oils and sugar

  2. I’m trying really hard to improve my mood. I eat the Mediterranean diet, probiotic foods, fish oil, multivitamin, vitamin D, and started doing light exercise.

  3. Always look for intervening variables. People who have plenty of money are more likely to get a healthy diet. Poverty causes LOTS of negative mental health symptoms. Money does buy happiness, and good food.

  4. Im not sure if the meta studies are the way to go when its about stuff like that. If someone have a depressive moods coz they lack b vitamins and you give them anti inflamatory fish oil, its like giving someone a medicine for a different sickenss they dont have and making the conslusion that this medicine is not working. It must be taylor made. Check what is missing, give it, observe if the mood improves.

  5. There are simply too many research studies (check PubMed) demonstrating how successful magnesium, zinc and chromium picolinate are in treating depression. The authors of this single study that Hank/his producers have decided to publicize need to explain why they decided their results are better than all these other researchers, as well as how they’ve decided to castigate all those of us that Mg, Zn and Cr-picolinate have definitely helped.
    By the way, a larger sample size in a single study does NOT guarantee better data or more valid conclusions.

  6. I had a genetics test done by my psychiatrist. I can’t process folate and needed a prescription supplement.

  7. Simpler explanation is that you reversed causality:
    Depressed change their diet, and giving placebo helps depression.

  8. Might this also be linked with SAD? I know many people eat less fruit and naturally high anti-oxidant foods during the colder months so it kinda follows that it may be a thing

  9. Very low Carb diet is anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, and prohormonal balance… Wonder how that affects mental health.

  10. Sucks I had a bad inflammation in my oesophagus 2 years ago and became unable to eat solid food months later. They still weren’t able to determine an exact cause. Interesting video, still, as usual 🙂

  11. Since watching this video I started eating Omega-3 gummies and it’s made a huge difference. Thank you so much for your videos.

  12. I feel like people with personality disorders are low in omega 3, vitamin D and Vitamin C. Tanning, orange juice and fish oil is amazing when combined together 😇😇😇. Spread the word.

  13. I love this kind of research. I’d like to think that one day a lot of mental illnesses could be almost eradicated

  14. I do wonder weather cos you can’t be bothered to cook or eat proper meals wen your experiencing mental difficulties also leads being definition in vitamins and minerals.

  15. As an autistic woman, I can say that sticking to a healthy diet definitely helps me. Especially if I can cut out added sugars and excessive carbs, that really helps keep my mind clear.

    Unfortunately, I’m a bonafide sugar addict, so doing that is easier said than done.
    But I try my best to eat healthy, and that’s what matters.

  16. A Whole Food Plant Based diet is very anti-inflammatory.

    Plant based athletes use it to recover from hard exercise quicker.

  17. Here’s the thing I want to know: what’s the correlation vs causation for healthy diet and mental health as it relates to socioeconomic class? It’s all very well to say "diet high in fruit, veg, fish and whole grains are beneficial" but if you’re working 80h a week at minimum wage jobs, you’re not going to have the money for those foods nor the time to prepare them. Are there any studies that cover this?

  18. Thanks for sharing on this crucial topic! To add to this, Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause depression. Also, a person may eat lots of animal products (which contain B12), and still may not be adequately absorbing B12. Reasons for this malabsorption can include: history of having part of the intestine removed, having Crohn’s disease and associated intestinal inflammation, bacterial or yeast overgrowth, low stomach acid, taking meds that suppress stomach acid, and genetic predisposition!

  19. So a year ago I had awful mental health due to untreated and undiagnosed IBS. Then I got diagnosed, started a low FODMAP diet, and suddenly I was so much more stable.
    Permanent GI distress had become my new normal, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to have something resembling a normal human reaction to constant GI distress.

  20. I was pretty down and in a dark place. I got myself a multivitamins. Haven’t had a super down day since. Not saying it helped but the act of pursuing help may have triggered recovery , or it could be a form of a positive plausible effect.

  21. All mental health problems are caused by severe calcium deficiency. This begins in the womb or in infancy. The human body can assimilate calcium only from fresh, natural, uncooked foods – especially leafy greens and grasses, wheatgrass. Artificial supplements do not work. The best way to get the calcium from greens is through green smoothies.

    Brain chemical imbalances have never been proved.

    One of the reasons why mental health problems generally develop or manifest in late adolescence is because of the body’s need for tremendous amounts of calcium due to the sudden spurt in physical growth.

    Calcium is needed for proper neurotransmitter function.

    It is also important to minimise chronic cellular inflammation by avoiding white sugar, refined carbs and oils and fats that increase cellular inflammation.

    Cellular inflammation prevents the absorption of nutrients – vitamins and minerals.

  22. If it’s not alive it’s not going to give you life!

    The “mights, maybes, coulds…etc” drive me crazy sometime when talking about “health food” (pssst: which is actually normal food). I challenge anybody to eat proper for one month. Including proper water intake. Then for 1 month, eat nothing but processed foods. During these 8 weeks document your self value, self esteem, weight, sleep quality, alertness, mood, ability to deal with stressful situations, rashes, colds, infections… etc etc etc. I’m certain the outcome is obvious… where does all this… doubt? … come from towards normal, life giving foods?

  23. When I had depression I wasn’t properly nourishing my body. I think the correlation could also be because when you are mentally ill you are stressed and a good diet is not possible when you aren’t very functional. Is it an added cause or a symptom?

  24. Just being physically healthy can also improve mental health. So, healthy food mediately improves mental health

  25. Excellent episode.

    I wish that something like following had been said:

    In the same way that we divulge past experiences and thoughts to a therapist or psychologist, we ought to divulge the secrets of our blood nutrients to a biochemist when seeking help for mental illness.

    It won’t necessarily solve the problem, but it may give another window into the nature of the illness, opening up the range of potential interventions.

    Overall, I’m super pleased that this episode was created and released. Many people stand to alleviate a non-trivial amount of suffering through understanding and applying this.

  26. I had suffered from severe depression and anxiety for over 10 years.
    I went from eating poorly and doing nothing, to making sure I consume all the nutrients and water I need to nourish my body daily, whist incorporating daily exercise and 3-4 high intensity workouts per week. It was a drastic change, but it was a necessary change in lifestyle.
    The mental shift was immense. It did not get rid of my anxiety completely, but it has changed my life.
    My mind is sharper, my body is stronger, I sleep like a champion, and because my brain is functioning at 60% more than before, I am able to work through the anxiety by challenging it.
    Personally, nutrition has been a huge factor in being able to live my life now.

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  28. What’s something where we don’t seem to ‘need more research’ that few people know about, but should

  29. Could you look at whether or not there is a mental health component to having celiac and gluten sensitivity?

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