A healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, fish and low-fat cheese, may diminish the jeopardy of stern depression, a new study has found. On the other hand, high ingestion of junk food, sugar and processed meats may amplify depressive symptoms, scientist’s state. Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland, in a study of more than 2,000 men found that healthy diet was connected with a poorer pervasiveness of depressive symptoms and a minor risk of depression throughout the follow-up period of 13 years.
Increased ingestion of folate was also linked with a decreased menace of depression. Vegetables, fruits, berries, whole-grains, meat and liver are the most imperative dietary
sources of folate. In addition, increased coffee consumption was non-linearly allied with a decreased risk of depression. “The study reinforces the hypothesis that a healthy diet has potential not only in the warding off of depression, but also in its prevention,” said Anu Ruusunen, who presented the results in her doctoral thesis in the field of nutritional epidemiology.
Depressed individuals often have a deprived eminence of diet and decreased intake of nutrients. However, it has been indistinct whether the diet and the intake of foods and nutrients are coupled with the risk of depression in healthy individuals. Researchers found that faithfulness to an unhealthy diet characterized by a lofty using up of sausages, processed meats, sugar-containing desserts and snacks, sugary drinks, manufactured foods, French rolls and baked or processed potatoes was associated with an increased incidence of eminent depressive symptoms. The study was based on the population-based Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor (KIHD) Study. The participants were followed-up for an average of 13 years.