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03 Aug Mediterranean diet and psyche

Researchers from the UK, Australia, and Spain have studied the link between the risk of depression and a high-quality diet rich in plant-based foods such as the Mediterranean diet. They found that strict adherence to a nutrition plan can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing mental illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 8.1% of the US adult population suffered from depression for a two-week period from 2013 to 2016. Symptoms include poor sleep and appetite, as well as poor mood and loss of interest in life. Since medications are effective in only one third of cases, researchers believe that changing risk factors such as nutrition matters. Aggregated results of a large number of studies from different countries show (or rather 41 observations on 36 556 subjects) that there is a clear pattern: a healthy diet with an abundance of plant foods can help prevent depression and neurosis, 30% fewer such cases in those who ate right. There is an inverse relationship: those who consume a lot of sugar, processed foods and saturated fats, on the contrary, are at great risk of neurosis and other psychological problems.

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