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OCD: 5 Nutrients That May Help

By    |   Tuesday, 14 August 2018 05:32 PM

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a brain disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts that sometimes lead to repetitive actions that sufferers feel compelled to complete perfectly before they can stop and rest. OCD sufferers report high levels of anxiety around their obsessions and compulsions.

OCD affects 1 percent to 2 percent of the population, and is thought to have a genetic component (identical twins are highly likely to both have the condition in cases where one has it), according to BeyondOCD.org.

Although nutrition does not seem to cause OCD, some sufferers have touted changes in diet as helping manage symptoms.

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Here are some nutrients that may help manage OCD symptoms.

1. Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3s are widely credited with helping the brain function better, and sometimes are credited with reversing mild memory loss and depression. Omega-3s also help reduce anxiety, according to Psychology Today. Since much of OCD originates in the brain and involves high levels of anxiety, it makes sense that Omega-3s would help to improve brain functioning and could impact OCD.

2. Magnesium

A recent study suggests 48 percent of Americans don’t get enough magnesium in their diets. Magnesium deficiency can cause depression and anxiety, both of which are part of OCD and may be alleviated with supplementation.

3. B vitamins

Deficiency in B vitamins like Riboflavin, B12, and folate can cause low mood and chronic stress, which is never helpful for those suffering from OCD. A steady supply of B vitamins is needed for optimal functioning, since these are particularly likely to be depleted quickly during times of stress and anxiety, according to Nutriadvanced.

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4. Zinc

A clinical trial conducted in 2012 showed administering zinc to patients exhibiting symptoms of OCD decreased their symptoms significantly, suggesting that supplementation with this trace mineral may have a positive effect on OCD.

5. Taurine

Naturopathic Doctor News and Review reported that taurine given as part of a natural regimen reduced one patient’s 20-year OCD symptoms by 80 percent. Taurine is known to be a calming nutrient that relieves anxiety in many sufferers.

Having balanced nutrition and getting enough of the nutrients your body needs to function well is key to reducing many physical and emotional symptoms, including those of OCD. Future studies could help reinforce the belief that supporting brain function with nutrients will help with all kinds of mental conditions, like OCD, and lead to better overall health for many.

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