DASH diet help reduce risk of depression, a new research suggests. This heart-healthy diet is known to reduce hypertension and stroke risk and now a new research suggests it may also help fight depression.
The research study found that the participants who followed low-sodium Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet reduced the risk of becoming depressed over time by 11 percent.
DASH diet is rich in fruits, low-fat dairy foods, vegetables, whole-grain foods, poultry, nuts. It eliminates foods that are high in cholesterol, saturated fat, as well as Limit sodium, sweets, sugary drinks, and red meats.
In the same study, with the help of questionnaire regarding food choices and depression symptoms, the researchers found that people who followed the Western diet– high in red meats and saturated fats, low in vegetables and fruits were more likely to develop depression.
This is not the first research to associate the diet structure to mental health. In previous research, experts have discovered the link between the Mediterranean diet– rich in vegetables, nuts, fruits, seeds, healthy fats, and whole grains and a lowered risk of depression. It seems logical that whatever we eat affect various bodily functions so diet would directly affect chemistry and mood as well.
“When people are feeling better by dieting and losing weight or resolving symptoms that they’re having, that could have an impact on mood,” a licensed clinical psychologist and University of Connecticut professor, Dr. Sherry Pagoto said. “When people do engage in healthy lifestyle changes, we do see improvements in depression,” Pagoto added.