Brain Health Matters

Build a Better Brain with MicroNutrients

July 27, 2022 Kate Kunkel Season 1 Episode 26
Brain Health Matters
Build a Better Brain with MicroNutrients
Show Notes

This week on Brain Health Matters, Kate Kunkel interviews Dr. Bonnie J. Kaplan. She is a Professor Emerita in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada.

Dr. Kaplan’s interest in the biological basis of behavior led to postdoctoral training and then faculty research in neurophysiology. She has published widely on the biological basis of developmental disorders and mental health, especially the contribution of nutrition to brain development and brain function, including in her book, “The Better Brain”.

This powerful passage from the book is the perfect introduction to this discussion

“We are in the midst of a mental health crisis. An estimated one in five American adults suffer from some form of mental illness. Despite the billions of dollars spent in pharmaceutical research and the rising popularity of antidepressant drugs, we are more depressed and anxious than ever before.

What if we’re looking for solutions in the wrong places? What if instead of treating mental illness with prescriptions and medication, we changed what we eat and how we feed our brains?”

Be sure to tune in to this powerful discussion - Some highlights of include:

02:09 Psychiatric medication’s place in nurturing better mental health

08:04 ADHD – Turning it around with nutrition

10:30 How proof of mental health improvement is ignored or maligned in major media

12:25 Startling success with B vitamins

14:4 Why the “Magic Bullet” approach to vitamins cannot work to improve brain health

16:24 How mood regulation can be achieved with dietary changes and micro-nutrients

21:11 Organic or no? Is there a difference to the brain?

31:32 Withdrawal from any substances can be alleviated with broad spectrum micro-nutrients

34:00 It all begins in the soil  

Books that Bonnie referred to:

Hooked” by Michael Moss 

Metabolical” by Robert Lustig 

A video by Dr. Kaplan explaining how nutrients control brain synthesis and metabolism of neurotransmitters

The Canadian micro-nutrient companies that Dr. Kaplan referred to are:

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