Micronutrients are a very important component of our diet. While we only require them in very small quantities, western diets have caused an increase in micronutrient deficiency in the western world. This can have detrimental effects on how our body works, including how our brain works.
In this article we describe three micronutrients which the general population are most at risk of deficiency of and why these nutrients are so important for our brain health.
Magnesium is an important nutrient for preventing tiredness and fatigue, while also ensuring the absorption of vitamin D into our body. However, it is also crucial for brain and neurological function. Despite the necessity of this nutrient in our diet, up to 50% of people are estimated to be low or deficient in the nutrient.
Some symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include:
- Loss of appetite
Magnesium benefits our brain health by binding to receptors in the brain which help us feel more relaxed and peaceful, while blocking stimulating neurotransmitters which can contribute to anxiety and stress. It also helps to regulate the release of stress hormones such as cortisol, calming the nervous system.
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B vitamins are also key for maintaining good brain health. Consuming enough B vitamins every day may even prevent dementia while boosting the production of neurotransmitters in the brain.
Vitamin B12 helps to maintain healthy cells in the brain and to make red blood cells. Deficiency is common in the elderly, but also in those who follow a vegetarian and vegan diet as most vitamin B12 comes from animal products. Studies have shown that supplementation with vitamin B12 can help with improve memory and may even be associated with a lower risk of developing dementia.
Vitamin B6 also helps to make neurotransmitters in the brain and helps to regulate energy in the brain. It is crucial in brain health as it has the potential to protect the brain from the negative effects of stress. Studies have also shown that B6 plays an important role in producing neurotransmitters in our brain which are responsible for helping us to feel calm such as serotonin and GABA.
Iron plays a critical role in maintaining healthy brain function as it helps with brain processes such as brain growth and development. Low iron has been linked to various cognitive issues such as poor attention span, lower intelligence, brain fog and low mood. One study found that those with low iron who took supplements had a lower risk of anxiety and depressive symptoms, in additional to developmental issues.
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