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Essential Minerals and Mood Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder in Australia, where around one million adults and 100,00 young people live with depression each year. On average, one in five people will experience depression at some stage in their life. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder in Australia. Nearly one in ten people will experience some type of anxiety disorder in any one year and one in four people will experience an anxiety disorder at some stage of their lives.

Mood disorders have many causes and contributing factors, and as depression and anxiety are symptoms of many other disorders, the first step in treatment is a thorough health check up in order to exclude any possible contributing medical conditions. It is important to note that many people will be able to recover from the disorder comparatively quickly, but others may have to live with and control a mood disorder long term. Physical causes of mood disorders that need to be considered include nutritional deficiencies, hormonal disorders, toxic metal burdens, allergies, infections, medical conditions and drugs.

Of particular importance is the relationship between nutritional deficiencies and mood disorders. According to the Encyclopaedia of Natural Medicine, “A deficiency of any single nutrient can alter brain function and lead to depression, anxiety and other mental disorders.” Essential nutrients are needed for both manufacture of neurotransmitters and energy production in the brain. Neurotransmitters, substances manufactured in the brain carry impulses between nerve cells affect brain function and play a role in the pathology of all types of mood disorders. The enzymes and co-enzymes needed to manufacture neurotransmitters are derived from vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The most common nutritional deficiencies seen in patients with mental disorders are of omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are precursors to neurotransmitters.

Minerals are of special importance because they serve as cofactors for both neurotransmitters and the active forms of vitamins required by neurotransmitters. For the reason, testing for mineral and trace element aberrations and InterClinical Laboratories Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis can play a critical role in establishing biochemical causes of mood disorders and determining treatment options in the clinic.

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