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Optimal Diet May Lead To Good Mental Health

February 1, 2011 by  

Optimal diet may lead to good mental healthA study conducted at the University of Navarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University followed more than 12,000 people for six years and found that a diet high in trans fats correlates with a nearly 50 percent increased chance of developing depression.

Conversely, they found that individuals who consumed healthy amounts of olive and fish oils had a lower chance of developing the disorder.

At the beginning of the trial, researchers collected data regarding the volunteers' eating habits and general health. They determined that none of the participants had depression before the study began, while in the end 657 of them had developed depression.

Study authors said the healthier diet resembles that of people living in the Mediterranean region while eating patterns involving high levels of trans fat would be more common in Western areas, like the United States.

Trans fat is typically found in processed products with hydrogenated fats, like store-bought pastries and fast foods. The researchers found that the more trans fat a person consumed, the higher their likelihood of developing depression.

The authors also concluded that consumption of trans fat has a detrimental effect on cardiovascular health.

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    Using my own body as an unscientific laboratory for the last 40 years I have found that diet plays a big part on my health and mind. The better I eat, the better I feel both physically and mentally. Especially see a difference consuming Flax oil and lots of foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids. I belive you are what you eat. Look at the general population to prove my point.

    • ONTIME

      Being a big user of olive oil, raw wheat and such, I have found that it is easier to maintain my health with regular exercise included. Also fish oil omega does not agree with me, even though I like and eat fish from time to time, so like you I use the flax seed omega and find it is easier to deal with….

  • Rose

    As a health consultant, an optimal diet depends on each person’s constitution, not an artificial diet set by just anyone out there, and there are a lot of people who are doing just this. By the way, flax seed is great for animals, but the majority of humans lack the enzyme to convert it to many omegas, so eat wild or canned salmon, anchovies, sardines, mackerel and Albacore tuna. Flax seed also make a great linen cloth as well. Eating right for each is different, but basically do not eat meat more than 3 times a week, eat lots of veggies both steamed and raw, very little fruit (too much fructose!), cut way back on any type of grain and dairy, and, of course, work in some exercise you like and will do. Drink as clean of water as possible, don’t drink icy drinks or any drinks with meals and avoid diluting stomach acid which is needed in huge amounts to digest foods which means stay away from antacids in any form. Due to deficient soils and foods, be sure and supplement with real supplements. In other words, do your homework first. What works for one may never work for another. Makes my work fun!


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