The nutrient theory of mental illness

Ask any psychiatrist or doctor what causes mental illness and they’ll tell you the same thing: no one knows exactly. Even though there seems to be a strong genetic cause in disorders such as bipolar disorder, clinical depression, and schizophrenia, how they happen is still a mystery.

The most common explanation for mental disorders is a chemical imbalance in the brain, but scientists still don’t know how or why these imbalances happen. Since a complex web of nutrients, such as zinc, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12, are the building blocks the brain needs to make neurotransmitters, it makes sense that a lack of these nutrients might cause the chemical imbalances of mental disorders.

As early as the 1960s, Dr. Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel Prizes, speculated that some people have a genetically based need for more vitamins and minerals than others do. He wondered if mental illness could be the result of failing to meet these extra requirements.

At Truehope Nutritional Support Ltd., we believe that a broad spectrum of deficiencies results in the symptoms of mood disorders, not a deficiency of one nutrient. And since a deficiency in one nutrient can interfere with the absorption and/or metabolism of other nutrients, a chain reaction can result in multiple deficiencies. This is the foundation of the EMPowerplus formulation. It provides a broad spectrum, highly absorbable range of nutrients essential to brain function, and it delivers them in a balance that allows inter-dependant nutrients to work together.

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