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  • J Neuropsychopharmacol Mental Health 2017, Vol 2(1): 116

The Role of Micronutrient for Depressed Patients

Sileshi Demelash*
Department of Psychiatry, Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital, , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
*Corresponding Author : Sileshi Demelash, Department of Psychiatry, Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital, P.O. 1971, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tel: +251911261296, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Jul 18, 2017 / Accepted Date: Aug 02, 2017 / Published Date: Aug 12, 2017


Majority of people are not aware of the relation between nutrition and depression. Depression is mostly resulted from an imbalance in brain chemical that can be due to more typically thought of as strictly biochemical-based or emotionally-rooted. As a result, nutrition can play a key role in the onset as well as severity and duration of depression. Several micronutrient deficiencies adversely affect the brain and hence could aggravate mental disorders. It is important that proper attention to diet, and, when indicated, appropriate supplementation with vitamin C, folic acid, niacin, thiamine, iron, zinc, magnesium , potassium and sodium and omega-3 fatty acids. As the brain chemical (neurotransmitters) are made from chemical precursors, usually from an amino acid (protein) and other micronutrients (vitamin and minerals), it is clear to understand how deficiencies of these nutrients could lead to changes in the pattern of brain chemical neurotransmitter production leading to mental illness like depression.

Keywords: Depression, Vitamins, Minerals

Citation: Demelash S (2017) The Role of Micronutrient for Depressed Patients. J Neuropsychopharmacol Mental Health 2:116.

Copyright: © 2017 Demelash S. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.