Mental Illness, Nutrition and
Long-standing public interest in diet and nutrition as a means to better mental health has been matched in the last 10 years by a rapidly expanding scientific interest in the relationship between food and behavior. There are, however, fundamental research problems in this area: (1) accurately assessing an individual’s nutritional status is difficult; (2) nutritional requirements and response to nutrients vary widely from person to person; (3) the frequently subtle effects of nutrients, or lack thereof, on behavior defy reliable and reproducible measurement with currently available behavioral assessment instruments; (4) brain mechanisms underlying food-behavior phenomena are largely unknown.
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