As many of you know, I’m a big fan of the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and fish and includes moderate amounts of olive oil, wine, and low-fat dairy.
I now have another reason to add to my list of why more people should adopt this eating style.
According to a recent Spanish study, people who followed a Mediterranean were less likely to develop depression. And I don’t mean simply marginally less likely—we’re talking a 42-51% decrease in risk. Dr. Miguel A. Martinez-Gonzaler, a co-author of the study, is calling this a “very strong association.”
He goes on, though, to make the distinction that while the Mediterranean diet may be a great help in preventing depression, that patients currently dealing with depression seek the proper psychiatric care that they need.
While this diet regimen has long been prescribed to improve cardiovascular health, perhaps soon doctors could be recommending it to patients at risk for depression.
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