DASH diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains prevents depression

New research shows that you can diet against depression. And now we know what the diet is.

New research being presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting has shed important light on what dietary features prevent depression and which ones contribute to it.

The large preliminary study included 964 people whose average age was 81. It looked at their diets and monitored for symptoms of depression as it followed them for an average of 6.53 years. The study divided the people into groups depending on how closely they followed the DASH diet.

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet has been shown to lower high blood pressure. It is high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, nuts, fibre, potassium, magnesium, and calcium and low in cholesterol, saturated fat, total fat, sugar and meat. The DASH diet was then compared to people who followed a traditional Western diet that is high in red meat and saturated fats but low in fruit and vegetables.

The people who most closely followed the DASH diet were a significant 11% less likely to become depressed over time. The more people followed a Western diet, the more likely they were to develop depression.

This is not the first time diet has been identified as a powerful antidepressant. So, there’s another powerful weapon in the antidepression arsenal and another reason to eat a healthier diet loaded in fruit, vegetables and whole grains and low in meat and saturated fat .


American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018


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