Take Action And Feed Your Mind

15 March 2006

We all know that a poor diet packed with cakes, chocolate and chips will pile on the pounds but a recent report* has strengthened claims that unhealthy foods could also be detrimental to our mental health.

As Mental Health Action Week (27 March to 2 April 2006) and National Depression Week (17 – 23 April 2006) approach, Efamol is urging people to feed their body and their mind.

One in four people will experience a mental health problem in the course of a year and depression is predicted to become the second highest global disease within the next 20 years. Spanning all age groups, mental health problems such as schizophrenia, anxiety, ADHD and Alzheimer’s, affect 20 per cent of women and 14 per cent of men in England**.

Nutrition can play an important role in mental wellbeing and the food that we eat can have an impact on our thoughts and feelings. For instance, Omega-3 essential fatty acids found in oily fish such as salmon and fresh tuna are a key structural part of the brain. Many cognitive processes depend on essential fatty acids including the function of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and various hormones.

Research has shown that low levels of these nutrients may play a role in a variety of mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s, depression and schizophrenia yet as a nation we eat 59% less fish than we did 60 years ago***.

Peter Clough, Research Director at Efamol comments: “The modern diet may undoubtedly be having an impact on brain function, mood and mental state. It is important to make people aware that the food they eat not only affects their physical health but can also have an impact on their mental wellbeing.

“Evidence suggests that a balanced diet including fresh produce and a regular intake of oily fish can be an important factor in helping to protect our mental health at every stage of life. A supplement such as Efalex, which provides a unique combination of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, could also provide a good preventative measure.”

For more information about Efalex visit www.efalex.co.uk or call 0870 6060128.

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