The foods that fight stress and depression.
Millions of people experience stress every day. You may be one of them.
More often than not, most people use medication to reduce their stress and depression.
Thus, the simpler and more affordable ways to treat these mental issues often missed.
Most people don’t realize that foods play an important role in psychological health.
In fact, scientific findings suggest a certain diet that could reduce depression. Eating fruits and vegetables are good for mental health.
People who eat more fruits and vegetables are mentally healthier than those who do not. They are happier and have better life views.
The best foods are raw bananas and apples including green leafy vegetables.
Eating more raw foods such as these may have a greater impact on mental health.
But the benefits were not found in cooked and processed foods. The researchers suggest the consumption of raw foods.
The first author, Dr. Tamlin Conner concluded:
“Our research has highlighted that the consumption of fruit and vegetables in their ‘unmodified’ state is more strongly associated with better mental health compared to cooked/canned/processed fruit and vegetables.”
The best fruits and vegetables include carrots, bananas, green leafy vegetables, apples, lettuce, berries, cucumber, citrus fruits, and kiwifruit.
The conclusion was drawn from more than 400 participants in New Zealand. The researchers monitored the participants’ dietary habits and psychological health.
Dr. Conner added:
“Controlling for the covariates, raw fruit and vegetable consumption predicted lower levels of mental illness symptomology, such as depression, and improved levels of psychological well-being including positive mood, life satisfaction and flourishing.
These mental health benefits were significantly reduced for cooked, canned, and processed fruits and vegetables.
This research is increasingly vital as lifestyle approaches such as dietary change may provide an accessible, safe, and adjuvant approach to improving mental health.”
This study suggests two things. First, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to gain better mental health. Second, foods determine one’s health.
So if you want to feel good, find foods that fight stress and depression.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.