How Microgreens Can Help You Manage Your Mental Health

How Microgreens Can Help You Manage Your Mental Health

About 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental illness. The definition of mental illness can vary for each individual, and symptoms can range from mild to severe. But it's clear, looking at the statistics, that the mental health of many Americans is suffering. There is a common denominator consistently observed in people who experience mental illness, that is often overlooked and is treated with pharmaceuticals right off the bat when there may be other safer options to consider. And while pharmaceuticals can be a helpful tool for some people, we also should recognize that for others, they might not be the best option, or that they can still be supplemented safely, in addition to pharmaceuticals, with vital nutrients that have been proven to help people who experience symptoms of mental illness. 

The research has proven that nutrition intake and nutritional deficiencies should not be overlooked when it comes to treating mental illness. 

The most common mental illnesses are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder, however, reports of anxiety, stress, ADD and ADHD are also extremely common. 

The common denominator that is observed in people who experience mental illness is nutrient intake and deficiencies. Significant deficiencies are observed in essential vitamins, minerals and Omega 3 fatty acids. What is also noted in the scientific research is that supplementing these nutrients often significantly reduces the symptoms and severity of mental illness. 

Supplements containing amino acids have also been observed to reduce symptoms and severity of mental illness as well. 

While there are many other factors to consider aside from nutrition and mental illness, microgreens might just be the answer you're looking for in overcoming your mental health obstacles, and DaniGreens would love to help you!


I have learned while researching the health benefits of microgreens, that our nutrient intake and being nutrient deficient can have a massive effect on our mental health. 

Every person can be different and there may be other factors again, that can effect our mental health other than or in addition to our nutrition. So please keep that in mind, however, no matter the other factors involved in each specific case, supplementing nutrition is proven to lessen the duration and severity of mental illness, according to the research. So it can be said that everyone who experiences mental illness can benefit from eating microgreens, due to their high nutritional content. 

Microgreens are truly the superhero superfood! They are packed with vital nutrients, antioxidants, and amino acids, so they would be a wonderful addition to your diet especially if you have experienced symptoms of mental illness, according to the research. 


 I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice. This is simply information that I've learned while doing my own research, that should be shared far and wide, to help all of my customers, friends, and neighbors who may experience mental illness symptoms. I have noted the sources that were used for this blog post from NIH and PubMed below. 

Now that we are aware that nutrient deficiency is consistently observed in people who experience mental illness symptoms, let's look at the specific nutrients that are deficient with the most common mental illnesses and the microgreens varieties that Dani Greens offers, that would be the perfect supplements for those deficiencies. 

💚People who suffer from bipolar disorder are often lacking in Omega 3s.
🌱 Sunflower Shoots are a rich source of omega 3s, so they can help provide those much needed nutrients.

💚A common nutritional deficiency seen in people who suffer with anxiety is vitamin Bs.

🌱Radish Shoots are a great source of B vitamins that can provide those nutrients where lacking.

💚People who suffer from depression are often found to be deficient in protein, B vitamins, vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, selenium, iron, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
🌱Sunflower Shoots are packed with vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids. Pea Shoots are rich in protein. Again, Radish Shoots are a good source of Vitamin Bs and all of those varieties contain minerals and other vitamins as well, so would make a great supplement. 

💚People who experience symptoms of ADHD are often deficient in iron, magnesium, Vitamin D and zinc. 

🌱Pea Shoots are a great source of iron. Sunflower Shoots can provide Vitamin D. And every variety of microgreens are high in various other vitamins and minerals that need to be supplemented. 

💚Deficiencies in Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D have been noted in people who experience symptoms of schizophrenia. 

🌱Sunflower Shoots and Radish Shoots are a significant source of Vitamins D and B12, and would be the perfect supplement. 

💚People who experience OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) are often noted to be deficient in B vitamins and zinc. 

🌱Radish Shoots are high in B vitamins and various other vitamins and minerals, including zinc. 

💚Stress is another super common factor that so many of us battle daily to overcome as well.
Physical and emotional stress really drains us of vitamin C which therefore, weakens the body's ability to tolerate stress because vitamin C stimulates the production of cortisol. This inability to tolerate stress also has an affect on magnesium and zinc levels. 
🌱Broccoli and Radish microgreens are both great sources of vitamin C. All varieties of microgreens that Dani Greens offers are rich in both magnesium and zinc as well.

💚Another super important piece of this puzzle that effects our mental health is the connection between the gut and the brain. When our gut health suffers, our mental health can suffer, as a result. For example, people with gastrointestinal disorders have an increased risk of anxiety and depression. It's all interconnected, friends!
🌱Microgreens are a wonderful source of dietary fiber and are great primers to get your gut in good working order- which is also known as a prebiotic. 
I wrote a blog post called "Microgreens & the Gut Microbiome which has some really great additional information on the subject of gut health and microgreens. You can find that blog post here https://danigreens.com/blogs/news/microgreens-the-gut-microbiome

If you're looking for relief from mental illness symptoms or even the daily stresses of a busy lifestyle that many of us live, microgreens can be a great tool for you to have, and Dani Greens wants to see you happy and healthy. 


Some people may be setting New Year 2024 goals for eating healthier, cleaner foods, and some may be setting goals to pay closer attention to and to address their mental health in more active ways.

Whichever situation you find best relates to you and your goals for 2024, DaniGreens would love to help you by delivering organically grown, high quality, freshly harvested microgreens to you each and every week. 😀

🌱With a Subscription at Dani Greens for weekly or every 2 week deliveries and a minimum purchase of $12, you can receive a 20% discount on your first subscription order to help you get on track. This offer is good through January 5th.

Mental illness can have such a big impact on our daily lives, and can effect us, our families, our jobs, and our relationships with ourselves and other people. I know that mental illness can be a touchy subject and cannot be simplified to only one factor like nutrition. Sleep, physical activity, and other things like past traumas or abuse,  injuries, or other past experiences can all play their roles when it comes to mental illness symptoms too. I hope that we can all understand that there are sometimes more complicated factors that need to be considered when it comes to treating mental illness, and that there are many various treatments that can help reduce the symptoms and severity of mental illness when used together. Therapy is another great resource for people who experience mental illness along with having a good support system who can be there in their times of need. 

One thing is still for certain, while not downplaying the other factors that may be involved when it comes to mental illness symptoms. Everyone who experiences symptoms of mental illness can supplement their diet with vital nutrients that are found in the powerful seedling known as the microgreen, and that doing that is scientifically proven to be of help. 

Dani Greens cares about you and your health in all aspects. I understand the struggles of mental illness and the effects they can have on our lives. I hope that Dani Greens can be an important part of providing these vital nutrients to Yuba Sutter and can make an impact on your health and wellness in powerful ways. 


💚Both in 2024 and far beyond it, I would love to support you on your journey to a healthier, happier YOU. 💚

Dani👩‍🌾

 

Sources:

NIH Mental Illness Statistics:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness

PubMed: Understanding depression, nutrition and mental illness

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2738337/

PubMed: Nutrition, nutritional deficiencies, and schizophrenia 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8554424/#:~:text=Decreased%20brain%20levels%20of%20vitamin,13%2C60%2C61%5D.

PubMed: Iron, magnesium, vitamin D and zinc deficiencies in children presenting symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4928738/

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