A Mediterranean diet – one rich in nuts, grains, fruits, and fish – is likely to help prevent depression, a study has found.
The recently published research analysed 41 other studies on the topic and found a link between diet and chances of developing depression, according to CNN.
People who consumed this Mediterranean diet were 33 percent less likely to be diagnosed with depression than those where were least likely to following these eating habits.
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People who ate diets high in inflammatory foods, like processed meat, trans fat, and alcohol, were more likely to have depressive symptoms.
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The researchers found that several factors causing damage to the brain – such as oxidative stress, insulin resistance, and inflammation – can be linked to a person's diet.
Other studies have also found that healthy nutrients, like polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamin B, zinc and magnesium, have positive effects on brain function.
Some experts, however, have warned against accepting the findings of such studies wholly.
Naveed Sattar, professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow, says “we need more evidence before we can say plant-rich diets can improve mental health.”