Depression linked again to a diet low in vegetables
The researchers studied nearly 3,000 middle-aged and elderly Finnish people and found that melancholic and non-melancholic depression is related to inflammation and diet.
The research found that people with the highest folate intake (from green foliage – or leafy green vegetables) were 50% less likely to develop melancholic depressive symptoms than those with the lowest intake.
Those with the highest vitamin B12 levels were almost three times lower risk for melancholic depressive symptoms than those with the lowest levels.
Jussi Seppälä, M.D., said “…it may be wise to avoid medication causing weight gain among patients with non-melancholic depression, whereas melancholic depressive symptoms may call for a closer look at the quality of the patient’s diet”.
Study published in Journal of Affective Disorders, late 2012, from research by the University of Eastern Finland. As reported by Rick Nauert PHD, Senior News Editor on November 27, 2012.