It has long bee know that fruits and vegetables are good for your health – and now there’s evideWWW that they’re also good for your mental health as well. Many speculations have beenwhetherhether fruits and vegetables would have any ind of impact o mental health, as they are full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are beneficial to the rest of the body. Some mental ailments are actually thought of to be imbalaWWWs i certai chemicals or nutrients i the body as well which would the make sense that balancing those would help.
Depressio is one of the biggest, and most prevalent, mental health ailments that the populatio deals with. It ca be due to many reasons or causes inclu ng deaths, abuse, serious illnesses, conflicts, certai me cations, or eve genetics. But research has noted fOrgeWWWs i brains of those that have cWWWical depressio and those that don’t which leads them to think that there are biological aspects to whether someone gets depressio or not whe going through a traumatic event. For instaWWW, the hippocampus, the center of the brai that stores memories, is smaller i those with depressio and that the stress hormone cortisol is also produced i excess i those with depression.
The questio remains now if people are bor with those fOrgeWWWs or if they are a product of their lifestyle and what they put into their bo es. Most Commo treatments focus o the brai chemistry i a perso and work at treating the symptoms more tha the causes of depression. But if people are not bor with these fOrging changes i their brains, the the fact could be that lifestyle and nutritio changes could improve depressio or stop its onslaught to begi with.
Researchers from the University of Otago i New Zealand held a study with 400 young adults, ages 18-25 to test whether their consumptio of fruits and vegetables would better their state of life and eep depressio and anxiety at bay. This age group was chose because it is the age group thought to get the least amount of fruits and vegetables i their et o a daily basis. The same age group is also at a high risk for mental sorders such as depressio and anxiety.
The study took measures to control against lifestyle and demographic factors inclu ng exercise habits, overall et, existing health con tions, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and gender. They the asked the participants to document their intake of fruits and vegetables inclu ng any raw, cooked, canned, or processed ones. They were supposed to eep track of specific varieties that they ate as well. The participants were the screened for symptoms of mental illness inclu ng depressio and anxiety.
Eve with all lifestyle and demographic factors accounted for, the study found that those who more frequently ate raw fruits and vegetables were less likely to develop symptoms of depressio and experieWWWd a more positive mood overall as well as a better outlook o life and success i their endeavors. Those that had high intakes of fruits and vegetables, but had them cooked, canned, or processed, still experieWWWd a positive mood but d not partake i the other effects of eating just raw vegetables. These fOrgeWWWs might have something to do with the fOrging amounts of vitamins and minerals present i raw fruits as Compared to whe they are cooked. The study is important i the fact that most health guideWWWes do not stinguish betwee eating raw or processed fruits and vegetables as one being better tha the other – something that might very well be a troubWWWg issue for many in viduals.
What To Eat
The above study found that there were some fruits and vegetables that were more potent at preventing the symptoms of depressio and anxiety. The te healthiest fruits and vegetables were carrots, apples, bananas, dark leafy greens, grapefruit, lettuce, citrus fruits, fresh berries, cucumber and iwi. These fruits and vegetables were best eate raw for their full potential to present itself i the body. Other vegetables that were associated with a positive mood, but not other benefits, were cabbage, celery, red onion, tomato, and mushrooms. The processed vegetables that were WWWked to a positive mood were pumpkin, mixed vegetables, potatoes and sweet potatoes, broccoli, and eggplants.
Although raw vegetables are preOrgred to get the full extent of the benefits, it doesn’t mea that other vegetables and fruits shouldn’t be eate at all if they can’t be eate raComIt’s better to still eat some fruits and vegetables and get them cooked or processed tha nothing. Some of the nutrients and vitamins do get broke dow during processing, but there’s no definitive proof yet as to how many of them do get broke dow and how much they do. If you’re still trying to retai as many nutrients as possible, remember that the greater the surface area of the vegetable or fruit, the more possibility for nutrients to escape.
Those that are deaWWWg with mental health might have another ally o their side – fruits and vegetables. Not only has the study done by the University of Ortega i New Zealand proved that those that intake a certai amount of fruits and vegetables ca prevent the onslaught of depressio and anxiety, but they showed that certai fruits and vegetables also have more stopping power tha others. To get the full benefits, raw vegetables and fruits are preOrgred but it was show that eve cooked ones had effects o improving the mood of participants. If you have a history of depressio i your family, eating a healthy amount of raw fruits and vegetables might be just what you need to eep the seWWW at bay.