The Importance of Absorbing Nutrients

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Poor diet has been associated with mental disorders, yet bad diet alone cannot explain why one family member will have a mental disorder while other members of the same family eating the same diet do not. When nutrients are not absorbed or metabolized properly, deficiencies can result even in people who eat properly. Research has shown that people who have poor intestinal absorption of nutrients have an increased risk of developing a mental illness.

More than 10 studies of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have shown an increased risk of approximately 90 percent of developing a mood disorder. Many people with disorders such as bipolar affective disorder also have a history of intestinal problems.

Interaction of Minerals

Most studies on how nutrients can affect mental issues have involved only one vitamin or mineral at a time. Studies that have used isolated nutrients to determine the effect of each on the brain have had mixed results. Newer research using multiple nutrients is showing encouraging results. One study, for instance, involving 300 adults who had high levels of stress showed that a broad spectrum multi-vitamin lowered the effects of stress.

Another study of children with a history of disciplinary problems in school showed a significant reduction in disciplinary episodes in the group given a combination of vitamins and minerals. Studies EMPowerplus (EMP) in particular suggest that the brain needs a range of nutrients to restore balance. In fact, studies on nutrient deficiencies have shown that a lack of one nutrient can impair the body's ability to utilize other nutrients, resulting in multiple deficiencies. This may help to explain why the balance of nutrients is as important as the individual ingredients in EMP (TrueHope EmPowerPlus).

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