"How is my depression different? It's different because it's non-existent."
"Hardy's took me from basically like an angry and an easily triggered place...to a much more calm and happy state."
"We were trying to look at what caused the problem, not just how to deal with the symptoms. Looking at the underlying things that are producing the problem was really critical, and that's what led to looking at the nutrients."
- Dr. Mel Litman
"They've done studies to show that when your body gets what it needs, it will help you with these related symptoms which show up as anxiety or depression."
Over 30 independent university studies have shown that broad-spectrum micronutrients can be effectively used to treat the symptoms associated with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and PTSD. In contrast to chemical symptom management, micronutrients aim to treat core underlying deficiencies, providing the body with essential elements in a highly bioavailable format that are central to every metabolic process.
Psychiatry and Micronutrients
The recently published American Psychiatric Association textbook "Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice", highlights broad-spectrum micronutrients as a “physiologically sensible approach” to treating mood and mental health disorders.
Citing multiple third-party funded university studies, the authors wrote, "...broad-spectrum micronutrients and psychiatric medications appear comparable in both antidepressant and anti-manic effects, but the micronutrients had far fewer and less severe side effects and much lower relapse rates. Compared with conventional psychotropics, patients stabilized on broad-spectrum micronutrients have fewer residual symptoms and mood fluctuations, fewer necessary dose changes, less need for monthly medication checks, rare hospitalizations, and lower treatment costs. (Kaplan et al. 2017; Rodway et al. 2012)
Not All Multivitamin Mineral Supplements Are Created Equal
The levels of vitamins and minerals found in Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients are not easily replicated. In fact, the specific ingredients at the levels supported by the published research would cost over $400 to DIY at the supplement store.
At a TEDx event, Dr. Julia Rucklidge, a clinical psychologist who has researched Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients for years, had this to say about clinical supplements compared to store-bought multivitamin products:
"When I say micronutrients, I am actually referring to a dose higher than what you'd get out of a vitamin pill purchased at the supermarket...it would be unlikely that if you went and got an over the counter supplement, [that] you would see these positive benefits, both because the dose is lower and the breadth of nutrients is lower."
So...Why Not Just Eat Better?
While a healthy diet is an important part of living well, even the best diets have been shown to lack essential nutrients. Further, science has shown that individuals at risk for mental health disorders have higher nutrient needs than those not at risk. This creates a need for supplementation. (Dr. Bruce Ames, 2000).
For example, a person would have to consume several pounds of a wide variety of vegetables and fruits every day in order to achieve the clinical levels of vitamins and minerals found in Hardy's clinical level formula, Daily Essential Nutrients. Even still, quite a few essential elements would be missing. Even Hardy's less expensive, regular-strength micronutrient formula, Optimal Balance, packs a punch compared to simply relying on fruits and veggies.
For those who have higher nutrient needs, the broad-spectrum clinical micronutrients found in Daily Essential Nutrients are a viable, first-line of defense option when it comes to mood and mental health. Available in capsules or powder, Daily Essential Nutrients is non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly.