The Mediterranean Diet has taken the market by storm. It could be called the new healthy way of living. Eating a Mediterranean diet or other healthy dietary patterns comprising of fruit, vegetables, legumes and nuts can prevent the onset of depression, a new study from Spain revealed.
“We wanted to understand what role nutrition plays in mental health, as we believe certain dietary patterns could protect our minds,” University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria lead researcher Almudena Sanchez-Villegas explained, notes Sundaily.
“These diets are all associated with physical health benefits and now we find that they could have a positive effect on our mental health.”
Depression is a common but serious illness if not paid attention. It interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you.
According to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) more than 350 million people of all ages globally suffer from depression. The patients are mostly women.
The Spain study of 15,093 people suggests depression could be linked with certain nutrient deficits.
“The participants of the study followed three diets namely the Mediterranean Diet, Pro-Dietary Pattern and the Alternative Health Eating Index – 2010. All of these were proven to produce positive effects on one’s health but according to the finding of the study, better compliance on the three diets which are all similar, was linked to reduced risk of depression among Spanish adults,” notes Young Health Magazine.
As they say “prevention is better than cure,” and with depression, it can be prevented by a good lifestyle and healthy diet.
Omega-3 fatty acids, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and moderate alcohol intake will not only prevent depression but keep you more active and happier, according to the study.