10 October 2009

Benefits of Mediterranean diet for depression

Mediterranean diet associated with reduced risk of depression
Archives of General Psychiatry: 5 October 2009
Individuals who follow the Mediterranean dietary pattern—rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and fish—appear less likely to develop depression, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

The lifetime prevalence of mental disorders has been found to be lower in Mediterranean than Northern European countries, according to background information in the article. One plausible explanation is that the diet commonly followed in the region may be protective against depression. Previous research has suggested that the monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil—used abundantly in the Mediterranean diet—may be associated with a lower risk of severe depressive symptoms. … > full press release : review by NHS Knowledge Services

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