Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Psychosocial and psychological interventions for prevention of postnatal depression: systematic review

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 30 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:15

Rapid Response:

Copper in post-natal depression

I would be supportive of Dr Ellen Grant`s contribution to these rapid
replys. Most doctors have little or no interest in nutritional psychiatry
so a whole range of psychiatric problems are being treated indequately
using medication only where the biochemistry should be sorted out too.
Copper levels double during pregnancy, probably because it appears to be
required for the formation of blood vessels in the foetus. If the copper
level does not drop quickly after delivery depression appears to be
likely.It seems then that giving zinc after delivery should protect
against post-natal depression.Further research is needed to prove that
definitively but as zinc competes with copper in passing through the gut
wall it seems entirely logical.

There is a whole world of biochemical treatments available for such
varied conditions as autism and Alzheimers too but nobody seems to care as
no drug company can make money out of natural nutrients-amino
acids,vitamins,minerals and essential fatty acids.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

29 August 2008
Edmond V O`Flaherty
Co Dublin
Gleneagle,Greygates,Mount Merrion,