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Depression and Diet

The diet of the general population in many western countries shows that they are often deficient in many nutrients, especially essential vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.

As studies show The western-style diet may be contributing to depression as people make poor food choices. Rather than depression contributing to poor food choices (I.e. The food came before the depression)

Studies have shown traditional diets like the Mediterranean diet and the Traditional Japanese diet give you a 25-35% less chance of having depression compared with The Traditional Western Diet.

The traditional Japanese and Mediterranean diets tend to be high in vegetables, fruits, unprocessed grains, and seafood, and to contain only modest amounts of lean meats and dairy.

They are also void of processed and refined foods and sugars, which are staples of the “Western” dietary pattern.

A study on the Mediterranean diet showed improvements in major depression by 35%.

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