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More reasons to eat Mediterranean diet - It reduces depression

Posted Nov 16 2009 10:01pm
Focus on a Mediterranean diet is now linked to lower depression. Eating wholesome foods is important for good health.

Foods in the Mediterranean diet are consistently linked to better health, including lower risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and even cancer. Eating a Mediterranean diet is now shown to reduce chances of depression - a condition that also increases risk of many other diseases and chronic illness.

Foods in a Mediterranean diet reduce risk of inflammation, preventing wide variations in blood sugar. Researchers are not sure why a Mediterranean diet is linked to lower depression, but a recent study shows the benefits.

The new report comes from the Archives of General Psychiatry. Scientists find that depression and other mental health disorders are lower in countries where individuals consume more nuts, fruits, vegetables, fiber, fish, and olive oil found in the Mediterranean diet, compared to other areas, making it apparent that diet plays an important role in health and well-being. It may be that eating a Mediterranean diet is the most beneficial for living a long and healthy life.

Red wine
, also widely consumed as part of a Mediterranean diet has genuine health benefits that can promote improvements in cholesterol levels and lower heart disease risk. Scientists have continued to observe the growing list of health benefits from consuming a Mediterranean diet for the past fifty years.

The authors of the current study write, "The specific mechanisms by which a better adherence to the Mediterranean dietary pattern could help to prevent the occurrence of depression are not well known." It may be that the diet fights inflammation and repairs oxygen-related cell damage to limit heart disease, thus reducing depression by improving function of the blood vessels.

A Mediterranean diet consists of whole foods loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can provide protection from cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and heart disease, and is now found to be linked to lower rates of depression. Considering that depression can lead to a variety of other disease, including stroke, exacerbation of pain, diabetes, arthritis and asthma, it only makes sense to consider the benefits of focusing on eating a Mediterranean diet for good health, a long life, and now found to also lower risk of depression.

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