LINKING NUTRITION TO MENTAL HEALTH by Ruth Leyse-Wallace

LINKING NUTRITION TO MENTAL HEALTH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this insightful examination of the link between the nutrients in food and our mental status, Leyse-Wallace presents scientific facts in a thorough and convincing manner.

While the influence that nutrition has on our mental health is a relatively new area of study, it has been evident for decades, according to Leyse-Wallace. The author poses a compelling argument for the advancement of both research and clinical practice in this area. She cites more than 300 studies dating back as far as the 1950s which demonstrate that deficiencies in vitamins and minerals are associated with many conditions effecting mental health, including depression, autism, Alzheimer’s disease and brain development in the womb. Inversely, Leyse-Wallace uses the results of medical research to show that supplementation of certain vitamins and minerals can be used to treat a host of mood and behavioral disorders, including brain-related health problems such as migraines, and to avoid inadequate brain development in the womb. Underlying her evidence lays the argument–perhaps understated–that many of these conditions could be treated with nutrient supplementation, either instead of or in combination with pharmaceutical drugs. This is arguably a healthier and less expensive treatment option for some patients. Leyse-Wallace also addresses other conditions that affect mental health, including eating disorders and alcoholism. The book further touches on the effects of antidepressant medications on mental health, including changes in appetite and weight. It also addresses various inherited metabolic disorders that can result in mental retardation, nutrition’s effect on DNA and the ways in which spirituality and mental exercises can be used to maintain good health. The author concludes by providing useful recommendations, references, definitions of terms and resources that patients, healthcare professionals and scientists can use to incorporate this valuable information into their personal lives and work. Given its focus on technical information, the book will likely be most relevant and accessible to students and professionals in the healthcare or science fields.

An exceptionally well-researched, highly scientific text.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-595-44503-5
Program: Kirkus Indie
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