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This is Chapter 6 (Single and Broad-Spectrum Micronutrient Treatments in Psychiatric Practice) of an American Psychiatric Association publication: Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice.
This is a customized booklet, featuring Chapter 6 (Single and Broad-Spectrum Micronutrient Treatments in Psychiatric Practice), of a prominent psychiatric textbook, "Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice". It was published in 2017 by the American Psychiatric Association and 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.
What's more, the book was awarded the Gold Nautilus Book Award for 2017 in the category of Psychology. For over 20 years, the Nautilus book award program has continued to gain prestige with authors and publishers around the world as it "seeks, honors, celebrates and promotes print books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens".
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."