- Molecular Psychiatry published a new analysis that suggests following a Mediterranean diet will help lower the risk of developing depression.
- In recent years, countless interventions have been suggested to combat depression – a mental condition that affects millions worldwide; and researchers continue to be on the lookout for new ways to help fight it off.
- The Mediterranean diet is a reasonably healthy diet that includes vegetables, fruits, fish and poultry with minimal red meat consumption.
A recent study that provides a refreshing take on using diet to possibly fight off depression has been initiated by research associate Camille Lassale Ph. D. at University College London’s Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health. Lassale and her team’s analysis revealed that the Mediterranean diet, out of 41 other studies on depression and diet, is the one that was proven to be most impactful in terms of lowering the risk of depression.
In a Conversation article, Lassale stated, “Of the 41 studies in our review, four specifically looked at the link between a traditional Mediterranean diet and depression over time on 36,556 adults…We found that people with a more Mediterranean-like diet had a 33 percent lower risk of developing depression than people whose diet least resembled a Mediterranean diet.”
The Mediterranean diet involves high intake of fruits and vegetables, with fish and poultry. It is a considerably healthy option which emphasizes minimizing red meat and dairy consumption; recent studies on this diet also suggest avoiding alcohol since the body doesn’t gain much benefit from it.
Some areas of research have related depression to be caused by an inflammation in the brain.
The majority of the food that comprises the Mediterranean diet (nuts, fruits and vegetables) have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that may relatively provide protection from possible inflammation and oxidative stress, according to the authors of the study.
In contrast to other diets that have become popular nowadays, the Mediterranean diet embraces more variety such as in fruits and vegetables. However, it is important to note that this finding is a result of consolidated studies; and Lassale and her team have stated that this research is just the starting point that calls for a more in-depth analysis on the Mediterranean diet’s benefits on overall mental health.