Distribute vitamin pills after earthquakes

“Our diet has changed so rapidly over 50 years that it’s hard not to believe that it’s having some impact on our mental health” says Dr. Julia Rucklidge, of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand

She says 60 and 80 per cent of people with mental health issues respond to treatment with the micronutrients.

Her research has found that 64 per cent of people with ADHD given supplements showed fewer symptoms over eight weeks, compared to 37 per cent given a placebo.

Another of her studies was carried out on people with high stress levels after the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

She found symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) fell from 65 per cent to 19 per cent among people receiving extra vitamins and minerals.  This was compared to an increase from 44 per cent to 48 per cent in a group that did not get the supplements.

As a result, she believes Governments should consider giving out vitamin and mineral tablets after disasters like earthquakes, said Rucklidge. [Daily Mail UK Aug 30 2016]

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