Journal article

Nutrient intakes and the common mental disorders in women

Felice N Jacka, Michael Maes, Julie A Pasco, Lana J Williams, Michael Berk



BACKGROUND: There is an increasing recognition of the role of nutrition in depression and anxiety. Magnesium, folate and zinc have all been implicated in depressive illness, however there are few data on these nutrients in anxiety disorders and the data from population-studies are limited. AIMS: In a large, randomly-selected, population-based sample of women, this study aimed to examine the relationship between the dietary intakes of these three micronutrients and clinically determined depressive and anxiety disorders and symptoms. METHODS: Nutrient intakes were determined using a validated food frequency questionnaire. The General Health Questionnaire-12 measured psychological symptoms, and..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (Project Grants #454356, 251638) and an unrestricted educational grant from Eli Lilly. The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Australian Rotary Health provided postgraduate scholarships to FNJ and LJW. FNJ is supported by an NHMRC Post-doctoral Training Fellowship (#628912). The funding providers played no role in the design or conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; or in preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.