A prominent psychiatric textbook, "Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice", published in 2017 by the American Psychiatric Association, features broad-spectrum micronutrients as a “physiologically sensible approach” to treating mood and mental health disorders.
Now backed by over 30 independent medical journal publications for the treatment of mood and mental health disorders, broad-spectrum micronutrients are becoming an increasingly viable alternative to psychotropic medications in the medical community.
Published by the American Psychiatric Association and designed as a modern handbook for psychiatrists, Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice focuses on evidence-based treatments and includes a chapter on using micronutrients to treat mood and mental health.
Broad-Spectrum Micronutrients vs. Single Micronutrients
The authors first examine the evidence with respect to “single nutrients”, or single element therapy, such as using magnesium or Vitamin B12 for the treatment of mood dysregulation and mental health.
“Adjusting a single micronutrient may not have much impact because 1) micronutrients typically act together...2) many enzymes have cofactors, so adjusting one may have little effect; and 3) treating with a single micronutrient can be disruptive by creating imbalances…”
At Hardy Nutritionals®, we use an analogy that we call "the dam theory". In this analogy, the dam represents the human body. If there are no deficiencies in the dam, the dam holds water and functions as it should. If there are no deficiencies in the body, it too will function as it should. However, if there are multiple deficiencies (holes) in the dam it will cause the dam to leak. Like dams, if there are multiple deficiencies in the body, it won't function optimally either.
While using individual (or several individual) elements to try and achieve a desired health effect is a popular idea, prevailing research shows that simply providing individual nutrients to the body (one at a time) can create other imbalances.
Broad-Spectrum Micronutrient Treatment of Psychiatric Symptoms and Disorders
According to the authors, the most desirable broad-spectrum micronutrients typically consist of:
The authors also note that “A broader range of micronutrients is more likely to provide more pervasive physiological changes, including more wide-ranging enhancements of central nervous system (CNS) activity. Broad-spectrum mineral-vitamin combinations have been evaluated for treating violent behavior and conduct problems, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism spectrum disorder , and substance use disorders. Broad-spectrum interventions have also been examined in nonclinical (“normal”) populations for improving mood, cognition, sense of well-being, and stress tolerance."
Not only can clinical broad-spectrum micronutrients, such as Hardy’s Daily Essential Nutrients, help support improved mood stability and mental health in those with common diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorder, broad-spectrum micronutrients have also been shown to improve mood, cognition and stress in study participants who had no mental health disorder.
News of the inclusion of broad-spectrum micronutrient therapy in this important psychiatric publication, comes on the heels of a recently published double-blind university study, which demonstrated that Hardy Nutritionals® broad-spectrum clinical micronutrient formulation, Daily Essential Nutrients, is a safe and effective alternative to stimulants for treating pediatric ADHD.
Daily Essential Nutrients is the only broad-spectrum micronutrient formulation ever studied in a fully-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of medication-free children with ADHD.
Hardy Nutritionals® offers two levels of micronutrient supplementation.
For years, Hardy Nutritionals® has been a pioneer in the field of broad-spectrum micronutrient formulation.
Our clinical strength formulation, Daily Essential Nutrients is backed by years of independent university research. Daily Essential Nutrients provides carefully balanced, clinical strength broad-spectrum micronutrients in a highly bio-available format.
Optimal Balance™, provides “regular strength” broad-spectrum micronutrients at levels appropriate for those without a mental health disorder, also in a carefully balanced, highly bio-available format. While less potent and therefore less expensive, Optimal Balance™ is backed by independent university research for improvements in stress levels and sleep quality.
Health professionals interested in learning more can review clinical data and resources here.