Saturday, April 21, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Mediterranean Diet for Depression

"This was a big year for brain food. On January 31, 2017, Felice Jacka and colleagues published the SMILES study, which showed that the Mediterranean diet had a significant and positive effect for individuals with moderate to severe depression. One year later, Natalie Parletta and colleagues at the Center for Population Research in South Australia have published a similar study with striking findings. Dr Parletta and her group followed 152 individuals with depression who were randomly assigned to a control group, which participated in a very active support group, or a group that received the Mediterranean diet…
...The researchers followed these participants at 3 and 6 months. What did they find? They found that individuals in the Mediterranean diet intervention group significantly changed their diets. They ate more fish, they ate more plants, and they ate less red meat and fewer confections or processed foods. Investigators also found that participants in the Mediterranean diet group had a significant reduction in their depression scores, with a roughly 45% improvement in their rating scales compared with about a 27% improvement in the control group.”