Mental health is an area of the human condition that science still doesn’t know a lot about. There have been countless studies done on various mental conditions and there causes. Now there are recent data that may show a link between diet and depression.
Recently there have been two studies the focus of which was to examine the impact of diet on depression. The first looked at diet and prevalence of people developing depression while the second looked at subjects who had already been diagnosed as being depressed.
according to research presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in April, researchers in one of the studies found that people who ate vegetables, fruit and whole grains had lower rates of depression over time. The study also found that people whose diets adhered more closely to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet were less likely to develop depression than people who did not closely follow the diet. The diet promotes a generally healthy diet that includes low-fat dairy products and limits foods that are high in saturated fats and sugar.
In another related study, subjects were asked to follow a Mediterranean-style diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruit, nuts, fish oil and extra virgin olive oil. Researchers found that for those who followed this diet, there was an improvement in mental health for people suffering from depression. The study, which was published in Nutritional Neuroscience by researchers from the University of South Australia, showed that, as volunteers improved their diet, their depression substantially decreased. They also reported improved quality of life.
These studies have shown what appear to be significant correlations between the mental health of individuals and how healthy their diet is. This only goes to further strengthen the positive aspects of eating a healthier diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It will make you feel better in more ways than you think.