Mediterranean Diet Reduce Depression Risk

It is impossible to live without stress. However, healthy lifestyle, including diet known effective to prevent adverse effects of stress or depression.

The Mediterranean diet is a diet loaded with vegetables, fruits, nuts, cereals (whole grains), and fish, recommended by experts to prevent depression. This is evidenced by a study conducted researchers from Spain to 11,000 people.
Respondents who followed the Mediterranean diet reduced the risk of depression by 30 percent compared to those with diets rich in vegetables and other foods like those found in the Mediterranean diet.

Research method is to record the daily intake of the respondents through questionnaires. Eating habits of the respondents viewed by some components, such as the ratio of saturated fatty acids consumed, intake of meat, milk and derivative products, intake of fruits and nuts, cereals, vegetables, fish, and alcohol consumption.

Those who have a Mediterranean diet depression risk was reduced by 30 percent. "We do not know the specific mechanism of why people who are obedient to the Mediterranean diet is much less depressed," said Villegas Almudena Sanchez, researchers from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria a study reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

However, the researchers speculate that elements in the diet can improve blood vessel function, fight inflammation, and repair cell damage. All these benefits will reduce the risk of depression.

In addition, the Mediterranean diet has many health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and cancer.

Source : Kompas


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