Healthy Diet Plans Diminish The Symptoms Of Depression And Mental Illness

A detailed study and analysis of data from almost 45,862 people have found that weight loss, nutrient-boosting, fat reduction diets or any kind of healthy diet can reduce the symptoms of depression.

The study was performed in the Western University of Sydney over 16 clinical trials. There were people involved from different countries like Australia, UK, Brazil, Canada, Italy etc. The head of the research team was the western university of Sydney named Dr. Joseph Firth. He, who was an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Manchester and Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute at the University, mentioned existing research has been unable to definitively establish if dietary improvement could benefit mental health.

The recent medicals trials put together and the study provides convincing evidence that dietary improvement significantly reduces symptoms of depression, even in people without diagnosed depressive disorders. These Studies have established that people who eat a low-quality diet are more likely to have depression and that the lower the diet quality, the more severe are the symptoms.

This Australian led research in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, which determined that adopting a healthier diet is a promising strategy to reduce the symptoms of depression across the general population. The study significantly found that all types of dietary improvement appeared to have equal effects on mental health, with weight loss, fat reduction or nutrient-improving diets all having similar benefits for depressive symptoms.

The main key to shift to a simple healthy diet is to cut down majorly on junk food habits. Just by making simple changes in the dietary plan, it can be hugely beneficial for physical and mental health. In particular, eating more nutrient-dense meals which are high in fiber and vegetables, while cutting down on fast-foods and refined sugars appears to be sufficient for avoiding the potentially negative psychological effects of a ‘junk food’ diet.

According to the recorded reports, women are more prone to be a victim of depressive illness than men. In the year 2017 and 2018, the illness has increased to a higher level. At least one out of five Australian faces this mental sickness.

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These analysis has been keenly made and it is been brought to common man’s notice that any kind of dietary improvements eases depression along with some other health benefits. Such as:

  • Nutrient-boosting diet: Food habits that are high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes etc. The saturated fat, high carbohydrate diets needs to be omitted.
  • Weight-loss diet: This particular diet actually helps obese people. It narrows down the significant link between obesity and depression.
  • Fat reducing diets: This diet is an emphasis on cutting down saturated fats which are mostly the dairy products and not the unsaturated fats.

The study might have shown clear symptoms of improved depressive illness along with a healthy diet but it has not been clear why exactly is this change adopted in the human system. This might be strong because the foods that make up a healthy diet are comprised of vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients that benefit oxidative stress, inflammation and gut microbiome. All these factors are linked to mental health.

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