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Nutrition and Mental Health

1st Edition

By Ruth Leyse-Wallace

CRC Press

308 pages

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Although primary advanced vitamin and mineral deficiencies are rare in the developed world, many common health conditions deplete nutritional status, including sub-optimal dietary intake, frequent alcohol consumption, changes in appetite due to aging, food allergies or sensitivities, special diets, and eating disorders. Covering topics as diverse as aging, the brain, eating habits, genetics, lifestyle, nutrients, and psychology, this book brings togethertwo extremely complex aspects of life—human nutrition and mental health.

Organized by mental health concern as well as nutrient group, Nutrition and Mental Health reviews the scientific literature from many fields of science: health, psychology, nutrition, mental well-being, and the interface with chronic disease. It provides a straightforward, readable report of broadly selected scientific research on how various nutrients affect mental health. Professional resources are provided in easy-to-access tables as well as suggested formats for assessing nutritional status and guidelines for interpretation. Chapter summaries, a descriptive table of contents, an index, and glossary assist the reader in finding specific topics of interest.

A variety of mental health conditions may affect a person’s ability and interest in getting and eating a well-rounded selection of foods. An examination of the role diet plays in mental health, this book reviews the scientific literature from many fields of science: health, psychology, nutrition, mental well-being, and chronic disease management.

Table of Contents

Historical Perspective

Addiction—Food, Alcohol, and Caffeine

Aggression, Anger, Hostility, and Violence

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Genetics, Nutrition, and Inherited Disorders of Metabolism

Intellect, Cognition, and Dementia

Mood Disorders: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Suicide


Starvation, Eating Disorders, Craving, Dieting, and Bariatric Surgery

Quality of Life, Well-Being, and Stress

Additional Links between Mental Status and Nutritional Status

Conclusions and Recommendations

About the Originator

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Neuroscience
MEDICAL / Nutrition
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General