Depressed? Switch to a Mediterranean diet

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According to a study published in the October Archives of General Psychiatry, a Mediterranean diet may actually protect against factors causing depression. Countries that consume a majorly Mediterranean diet, which is largely composed of fruit, legumes, vegetables, and olive oil, have shown on average a lower lifetime prevalence of psychiatric disorders according to a Spanish study. Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, PhD, of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain, and colleagues, relayed that after the participants were scored for their dietary practices, those that were found to fit into the constraints of what is considered to be a “Mediterranean diet” were found to be less likely to develop depression (HR 0.58, 95% CI 0.44 to 0.77); this was compared to those in the lowest quintile. Click here to read an article from the New York Times that discusses this study more.

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