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The Role of Nutritional Deficiencies in Anxiety & Depression.

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

A robust body of evidence supports the link between NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES as a ROOT CAUSE for ANXIETY and DEPRESSION.

Our mood state is regulated by the neurotransmitters; serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. The production and healthy function of these neurotransmitters require key nutrients including; Tryptophan, Tyrosine, B vitamins, Zinc and Iron among other cofactors.

Unfortunately, many health practitioners who treat these disorders don't understand the functional nutritional-gut -brain link, and thus only focus on behavioural-thoughts processes or symptom-based treatments with no long term solutions for this problem.

It is important to understand that Nutritional deficiencies can arise from restrictive diets alone, particularly those that exclude animal products; however, it can also arise from having poor gastrointestinal function and poor nutrient absorption, other conditions such as heavy menstrual cycles and intestinal bleeding depleting the body from vital nutrients, inflammation of the gut caused by food intolerances, food allergies and alterations of the microbiome environment causing bacterial translocation and other bacterial and parasite infections.

If you suffer from depression and anxiety, you need to know that your symptoms could be caused by nutritional deficiencies resultiing in suboptimal neurotransmitter production to regulate your mood, however it is important to know that there isn't a " one fits all solution"

Before you rush to take any nutritional or herbal supplements, you need to investigate the possible causes of nutritional deficiencies, including food intolerances or food allergies, gut inflammation, microbiome disturbances or parasite infections depleting your system.

ALWAYS CONSULT with a fully QUALIFIED NATUROPATHIC /NUTRITIONIST who has the knowledge and expertise to assess your nutritional status, your capacity to digest, absorb and metabolize nutrients and can design a specific health program for your individual needs.


BHSc Nat.Practitioner

Nutritional & Herbal Medicine




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