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Explore how some nutraceutical and dietary supplements could help manage mental health.

Current research shows that some nutraceutical and dietary supplements could help manage mental health.

Nutraceuticals are usually defined as foods or food components with the functional capacity to prevent or treat disorders.

Dietary supplements are products that contain dietary ingredients such as herbs, vitamins, minerals or other consumable components that are intended to complement a dietary intake.

Some nutraceuticals may provide a beneficial addition in the treatment of mental health disorders, particularly depression. However, these should not be viewed as substitutes in place of a good quality diet.

For those learners who are interested in learning more about nutraceuticals and their role in treatment on mental health disorders, in-depth and discipline-specific courses will soon be available.

Your task

Watch the interview with Dr Wolfgang Marx, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and head of Nutraceutical stream at the Food & Mood Centre.

Were you aware of the recommendations discussed in the video?

What are your thoughts on the role nutraceuticals in mental health?

Discuss your thoughts with your peers in the comments.

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Food and Mood: Improving Mental Health Through Diet and Nutrition

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