Diet for Depression

Last week I posted Food to cool brain inflammation and several have since asked me about a diet for depression. I referenced this information, but based on the questions, I decided to feature it today.

Studies suggest that by 2020, depression may be the second leading cause of healthy years of life lost, second only to heart disease. A healthy whole-food plant-based lifestyle can change that.

Dr. Michael Greger tells us that “eliminating animal products, and eating antioxidant rich diets, we may be able to prevent or treat depression.”

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Diet for Depression

Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Depression

The relationship between mental health and inflammation was first noted in 1887, for which the only psychiatrist to ever win the award got a Nobel Prize. But what evidence have we accumulated in the century since that inflammation causes depression? Well, people who are depressed have raised inflammatory markers, such as C-reactive protein, and inflammatory illnesses are associated with greater rates of major depression. Indeed, that’s what’s found in a variety of inflammatory conditions including more benign inflammatory conditions, such as asthma and allergies. And, that’s important, suggesting the mood symptoms are not simply ‘feeling bad about having a terrible disease,’ but may be directly tied to the inflammation. Most powerfully, you can actually induce depression by inducing inflammation, like when we give interferon for certain cancers or chronic infections—up to 50% go on to suffer major depression. Even just giving a vaccine can cause enough inflammation to trigger depressive symptoms. Taken together, these studies are strongly suggestive of inflammation being a causative factor of mood symptoms.

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