The Diet Linked To 40% Higher Depression Risk
A diet of ‘inflammatory foods’ is linked to a 40 percent higher risk of depression, research concludes.
Common inflammatory foods include :
- fast food,
- cake and
- processed meats.
These all have high levels of saturated fats, cholesterol and carbohydrate.
Fast foods and the like cause excess inflammation in the body, which is linked to depression.
An anti-inflammatory diet includes more vitamins, fibre and unsaturated fats.
The Mediterranean diet, containing tomatoes, green vegetables, olive oil and fatty fish is anti-inflammatory.
The conclusions come a review of 11 separate studies that included over 100,000 people living in the US, Australia and Europe.
Everyone reported how inflammatory their diet was, as well as any depression symptoms.
The results showed that people eating ‘pro-inflammatory’ diets had a 40 percent higher risk of developing depression or depressive symptoms. The same was true for young and old.
Inflammation is how the body protects itself against toxins.
However, brain cells are killed when the body remains in a constant state of high alert, while fighting toxins.