Here are some good news for our local dietary system. Indeed, a recent Spanish study, which was reported by the scientific magazine BMC Medicine, has just announced that the Mediterranean diet would probably reduce the risk of depression in adults.
But how did the researchers at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) arrive at such a conclusion? Well, they conducted a research which lasted 10 years during which they observed a group of 15000 people who say they are not depressive. At the end of that experiment, it was found that participants who adopted a Mediterranean diet have, during this period, consumed less antidepressant medication than other participants. According to Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, lead author of that study, this experience allowed the researchers to analyze the behavior of participants who regularly consumed fruits, vegetables and oilseeds (sources of vitamins, minerals, omega-3 and good fats) as well as fish. Result: Participants were less prone to depression than others. Furthermore, the study showed that foods that are rich in trans fat and in saturated fat had a more negative effect on the participants’ health. However, researchers say that further studies are needed to confirm these results.
Conclusion: Again and again, to keep the morale, we must first learn how to adopt a healthy and balanced diet… It’s that simple!