Thursday, July 8, 2010

Depression and the mediterranean diet

Recently I read that according to a research conducted in Spain during a four year span. A study of over 10,000 Spanish adults who maintained and followed a diet high in veggies, whole grains, fruits and nuts founded that it may help prevent depression.

The diet according to the Spain research also included a low intake of meat, dairy and alcohol products. All of which concluded there being 30 percent individuals less likely to develop depression than those who ignored the diet. Although, the researchers are not quite certain of why this is, their findings show that parts of the diet helped by improving the production of a molecule in the blood vessels that is responsible for growth and nerve cells and increasing the binding ability of the neurotransmitter serotonin.

Of course like with many studies, more research needs to be done in order to confirm the correlation between the diet and the prevention of depression. This research in particular was based on questionnaire responses.

Although, I am all for a good and healthy diet, it is important for a healthy life style. Still, I am concerned as using it to help treat deep depression since we are all different as individuals with different needs.

I for one would not recommend this particular diet being used for or to prevent depression/mental illness until of course discussing it with a Doctor so that an appropriate method in handling the symptoms associated with their depression can be discussed or considered.

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