1 in 6 Malaysians today has mental illness. What’s snapping our minds, poisoning our brains and ailing our head? The answers might just be on your plate.
WRONG nutrition (from processed food, fast food and junk food) and modern food production methods in the last 50 years which deplete nutrients have reduced the amounts of essential fats, vitamins and minerals we consume and such a diet is poisoning our brains.
Studies have found a number of mental health conditions to be influenced by dietary factors. For example:
> Depression is linked to low intakes of fish (high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for good brain health).
> Schizophrenia — epidemiological evidence shows sufferers have lower levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids.
> Alzheimer’s disease — some studies have suggested high vegetable consumption can protect against the brain disorder.
> Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — research shows that children with this disorder are low in iron and fatty acids.
Are you eating a diet for depression? Is your family being fed unhappy meals? What’s in a happiness diet? Are there foods for positive mood?