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Micronutrients Linked to Mental Health (Again)

Posted on : January 16, 2023 by Hardy Nutritionals® No Comments

A revolution is taking place, and it all started with a couple of skeptical researchers

Decades ago, on a routine day at the lab, Dr. Bonnie Kaplan received an incoming fax from a research colleague featuring a graph demonstrating the relationship between behavior in children with ADHD and nutrition. Dr, Kaplan recalls, "At first, I refused to consider that nutrients and mental health were linked."  Dr. Kaplan recounts a time when the research community was hostile toward nutrition-based alternatives to psychiatric medication.  The notion of a link between micronutrients and mental health was considered downright absurd by most healthcare providers only a handful of years ago.

Dr. Kaplan has since dedicated her career to studying the impact of micronutrients on mental health, with staggeringly positive results, and the belief that mood and food are connected is becoming mainstream.

Evidence shows a specialized blend of micronutrients improves mood, attention, sleep & overall function (and it's drug-free!)

Over the past couple of decades, Dr. Kaplan and her colleagues have continued studying the impact of highly-concentrated levels of vitamins and minerals on the brain.  Most recently, one of Dr. Kaplan's former students, Dr. Julia Rucklidge, a now prolific researcher in the field of mental health and nutrition, has published several randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trials on a specific formulation of micronutrients in children with ADHD.  The supplement, called Daily Essential Nutrients, was demonstrated to significantly improve mood, and focus, and even to reduce anxiety and depression in study participants. 

The first of these landmark double-blind placebo-controlled studies was followed up on one year later by researchers, and those who stayed on Daily Essential Nutrients continued to see even more improvements in their symptoms over the year following the study.

The original trial is a landmark study for ADHD, the first of its kind.  The research demonstrated significant improvements in the children's symptoms in both the original study and the one-year follow-up trial.  While Daily Essential Nutrients is clinically validated for use across a wide range of mood and mental health disorders for both children and adults, this new research focuses specifically on children with ADHD.

Daily Essential Nutrients improved the "inattention" part of ADHD much better than the placebo in the study.  Children with ADHD often have mood dysregulation problems, and researchers measured those outcomes as well, rated by both parents and teachers.  Daily Essential Nutrients dramatically improved both inattention/impulsivity and mood control in children with ADHD.  "These measures tapped into behaviors such as hot tempers, fights with other children, explosive angry outbursts, moods changing rapidly for no reason."

Twice as many children who received the Daily Essential Nutrients were significantly improved compared to those who received a placebo.  The researchers found that the children studied were better able to function overall just after 10 weeks of taking the Daily Essential Nutrients micronutrient blend.

There have now been over 40 university studies published on the clinical micronutrients for a wide range of brain-related topics, such as:

      • Focus
      • Inattention
      • Mood Swings
      • Anxiety
      • Cognition

What is so special about this supplement?  It all starts with the clinical levels of each ingredient.  Every essential vitamin and mineral humans need to thrive is provided at a concentrated level, much higher than you would find in a multivitamin at the health food store.  But the amounts of vitamins and minerals are still well within the established safety ranges set by regulatory agencies.  The ingredients are also processed in such a way that makes their particles up to 90 times smaller than the average multivitamin ingredient and, therefore easier for the body to absorb.


Once the nutrients enter the bloodstream, the body can put them to good use.  Unlike medications, which work to cover up symptoms, these micronutrients work synergistically to repair the systems and functions that are improperly functioning at the root cause.  Is it a magic cure-all pill? No - but it does provide the body with every single essential nutrient required to function optimally and has been clinically proven to be a safe and effective treatment for mood and mental health.  In fact, the Daily Essential Nutrients formulation is now FDA-approved as an investigational "new drug" for ADHD. (It is, however, drug-free and comes in powder or capsule form).

Learn more at and see the studies here.

Hardy Nutritionals® multivitamin-mineral products are powered by our proprietary NutraTek™ mineral delivery technology, which combines each mineral with specialized organic molecules—just like nature—to optimize absorption and distribution to body cells. Our flagship supplement, Daily Essential Nutrients, is widely considered to be the most research-backed micronutrient treatment.
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