Eating Vegetables, Fruits, and Whole Grains Lowers Depression Risk

Eating vegetables, fruits, and whole grains lowers depression risk by more than 10 percent, a new study suggesting with the evidence. A healthful diet is good for the mind as well as the body, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018.

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US researchers have said in previous a research that a diet already confirmed to reduce weight, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure.

Researchers have found that people who followed the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) were less likely to have the mental-health disorder, a US study found.

The research adds that those who follow a Western diet that is rich in processed foods and sugar increases their own risk of suffering depression.

During the study, researchers analyzed 964 adults with an average age of 81 every 12 months for an average of 6.5 years. All participants were asked to answer several questions about dietary. The researchers conducted these food questionnaires to establish adherence to various diets such as DASH, a traditional Western way of eating, and the Mediterranean diet.  Thier findings revealed that eating vegetables, fruits, and whole grains lowers depression risk.

DASH diet encourages you to eat a variety of foods rich in nutrients like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and to reduce the sodium in your diet. It was promoted by the U.S.-based National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to prevent and control hypertension.

“Making a lifestyle change such as changing your diet is often preferred over taking medications, so we wanted to see if diet could be an effective way to reduce the risk of depression,” Study author Dr. Laurel Cherian said.