When it comes to mental health, can supplements play a therapeutic role, or are they just "expensive urine?" Well thanks to researcher Professor Julia Rucklidge from Massey University, we have some answers. Dr Rucklidge has been able to show that supplemental nutrients, even just a decent multi-vitamin mineral supplement, can have beneficial effects on both mood and cognition, even helping to lessen the need for anti-depressants in children with behavioural disorders. Prof Rucklidge joins us today to share her insights into how, with a few simple interventions we could alleviate a considerable amount of mental illness burden plaguing our communities.
Covered in this episode:
[00:45] Introducing Julia Rucklidge
[02:28] From psychology to nutrition
[05:09] Opening up to nutritional interventions
[09:30] Diving into research: overcoming challenges
[14:01] Power analysis definition in research
[17:02] Pharmacological dose vs. correcting deficiency?
[19:02] Nutrigenomics: personalising therapy
[24:48] Evidence: diet /food vs. supplementation
[29:23] Overcoming compliance issues
[32:08] The intricacies of Julia's research
[37:44] Nutrients vs. stimulants for behavioural disorders
[42:36] Nutrients: impact to performance and creativity?
[46:57] Navigating the regulatory minefields
[54:08] Thanks to Prof Rucklidge for joining us
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