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Balanced Diet May Be Key Strategy For Relieving Depressive Disorders

March 1, 2012: 08:39 AM EST
Recent research finds that poor dietary habits -- too much sugary, salty and fatty processed foods -- are at least partly responsible for mood disorders experienced by nine percent of Americans. British research found that a diet loaded with chocolates, sweet desserts, fried food, refined cereals and high-fat dairy increased the risk of depression among middle aged people, while a diet rich in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish  lowered the risk. Likewise, processed foods that contribute to inflammation are a risk factor for depression and may explain the link between cardiovascular disease and mood disorders. Eating a balanced diet -- grains, fruits, legumes, and starchy vegetables plus protein foods -- allows tryptophan, and the “feel good” chemical serotonin, to get into the brain, elevating one’s mood.
"Boost mood with whole foods", Environmental Nutrition, March 01, 2012, © Belvoir Media Group, LLC
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