The Link Between Diet and Depression/Anxiety

There continues to be a growing body of evidence that adopting healthy dietary interventions can help lower anxiety and depressive symptoms.

“Researchers at the University of Manchester conducted a meta-analysis of 16 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) with 45,826 participants, that assessed the effects of dietary interventions on the symptoms of depression and anxiety

The findings, published in The Journal Psychosomatic Medicine (05 Feb 2019) showed that all types of improvements in diet seemed to have comparable effects on mental health. 

Weight-loss diets, fat-reduction diets and nutrient-improving diets were equally beneficial for lowering depressive symptoms. What was consistent across all interventions is the increase in fruit and vegetable intake, and overall dietary nutrient profile.

Women appeared to derive more benefits from dietary interventions for symptoms of depression as well as anxiety. 

Dietary interventions in combination with exercise boosted the improvement in depressive symptoms.”

Wishing you wellness,

Mary Clark