ergo-log.com

Definition: "An ergogenic aid is any substance or phenomenon that enhances performance "

about us

/

contact

/

28.04.2020


Fruits and vegetables are natural antidepressants

Fruits and vegetables are natural antidepressants
The number of people with depression is growing in developed countries. Perhaps a factor in this disturbing increase is the decrease in the amount of fruit and vegetables in our diet. This is suggested by an epidemiological study that Peruvian health scientists published in PLoS One in 2017.

Study
The researchers used data from 25848 adults collected in the Peruvian Health Questionnaire of the Demographic Health Survey. The study participants had described what their diet looked like and completed a questionnaire with which doctors determine whether someone is depressed.

Results
Less than 5 percent of the study participants met the WHO guideline to eat 5 servings of fruits or vegetables daily, the researchers found to their shock.

"This finding is relevant because a greater consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with several potential benefits in health, including better mental health, but also reduction in the risk of mortality for other non communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer," write the Peruvians.

At the same time, 3 percent of study participants were so depressed that they should receive medical treatment according to psychiatric guidelines. And yes, there was an association between the intake of fruit and vegetables and the display of severe depressive symptoms.


Fruits and vegetables are natural antidepressants

Source:
PLoS One. 2017 Oct 12;12(10):e0186379.

More:
Healthy diet protects against depression 05.03.2019
Crisps and chocolate make you sombre; fruit makes you carefree and energetic 14.04.2016
The anti-depression diet 31.03.2016
People who eat vegetables are happier and more creative 24.02.2016

Archives:
Depression


Depression disappears faster due to less than an hour of strength training or cardio per week Recovery from depression faster with vitamin C supplement Trial: magnesium effective antidepressant

Depression disappears faster due to less than an hour of strength training or cardio per week
Depressed patients recover faster if they not only use medication, but also exercise for half an hour twice a week. It doesn't matter if they spend that half an hour on strength training or cardio training.

Recovery from depression faster with vitamin C supplement
People suffering from depression who take the anti-depressant fluoxetine recover more quickly if they also take a daily 1g vitamin C supplement.

Trial: magnesium effective antidepressant
We recently wrote about a study in which magnesium supplementation was shown to alleviate depression. All well and good - but the researchers had not included a placebo group in the study. A minus point there...