Young Minds: Growing research backing nutrition’s role in mental health

By  and   Global News

TORONTO – When you walk through the grocery store aisle with Alan Logan, he sees food in an entirely different way.
“Anytime we see these deep greens, deep purples it’s a best friend to the brain,” Logan said.

Logan sees brain food.  A naturopathic doctor and author of The Brain Diet, he believes nutrition and its role has been undervalued historically in mental health care.That’s changing.  Emerging research shows food can have a direct impact on mental health, warding off depression and helping to treat more serious disorders.
“Just like the heart or any other organ, the brain is dependent on nutrients for its function and its structure,” Logan said.
What we eat creates our neurotransmitters, proteins, amino acids – the building blocks that do the heavy lifting in our bodies.
The nutrition we get out of our foods – antioxidants, vitamins, healthy oils — help fuel our function, mood, and nerve cells that help our brains communicate.
“So this is quite remarkable in terms of how it is that nutrition can matter,” Logan said.
Diet matters.  Naturopathic doctor Alan Logan talks about how critical  nutrition is in the treatment and managements of our mental health. To read on, click here.