There is now strong evidence that diet is one of the main factors that can lead to poor mental health. In particular, poor diet has been linked to anxiety and depression. Therefore, it stands to reason that a healthy high quality diet should not only be protective of mental health, but also reverse any anxiety or depression caused by a poor diet. Such a diet has not been described in its entirety, but studies in humans indicate that the diet should contain a number of factors. Firstly, there needs to be the presence of all essential factors including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids in the correct proportions. In particular a number of mineral deficiencies including magnesium, chromium, selenium, iron and zinc have been associated with mood disorders. As well as these essential factors, evidence shows that a number of phytochemicals, especially polyphenols, are highly protective of mental health. This may be because they are effective antioxidants, which suggests that the diet should also be high in other antioxidants.
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