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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Mental illness linked to diet

Mental illness linked to diet: "According to new research released this week, mental health is linked to diet and changes to diets over the last 50 years may hold the key to the rise of mental illness.

The findings support a growing body of evidence that food can have an effect upon a person's mental health and behaviour that is both immediate and long lasting because of the way it affects the structure and function of the brain.

Food campaigners Sustain and the Mental Health Foundation say the way food is now produced has altered the balance of the key nutrients people consume.

The report 'Feeding Minds', published by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and Sustain, suggests that some foods damage the brain by releasing toxins or oxidants that harm healthy brain cells.

It says that an unbalanced diet that fails to include adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and water can lead to mental ill-health.

Over the last five decades the UK population has eaten less fresh food and more saturated fats and sugars, this say the researchers leads to depression and memory problems.

However not all experts agree and some regard the research as inconclusive, while others agree that diet has an affect on physical health.

Some experts say that addressing mental health problems with changes in diet was showing better results in some"