Journal reading

Nutrients and herbal supplements for mental health

Some nutrient supplements and herbal medicines have supportive evidence for efficacy in some mental health disorders, other products do not.

Jerome Sarris, Aust Prescr 2014;37:90-3

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Nutrients and herbal supplements for mental health

CPD Points

This activity should take approximately 1 hour to complete. It can be included in a pharmacist’s CPD Plan for either one Group 1 credit or, on successful completion of the assessment activity, two Group 2 credits. Pharmacists should self-record this activity for CPD purposes.

Pharmacy Competency Standards

  • 1.4 Manage quality and safety
  • 6.1 Assess primary healthcare needs
  • 7.3 Influence patterns of medicine use


This activity has been designed to take around 1 hour to complete - this is based on reading the article from an issue of Australian Prescriber and completing a quiz. You will be provided with immediate feedback on your answers and a certificate of completion will be available for you to download for self-reporting purposes.


Learning objectives

  1. Understand that there is varying evidence for the use of nutritional supplements in mental health conditions.
  2. Recognise the potential for interactions between complementary and prescription medicines.
  3. Identify the adverse effects of complementary medicines.