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The Mediterranean diet has been known to have significant positive impacts on cardiovascular health and has been associated with longevity. However now, another major health benefit of the diet has been identified.

According to researchers from the University of South Australia, people who take the Mediterranean diet are happier, less stressed and had an improved quality of life compared to those who ate less Mediterranean foods.

A Mediterranean diet includes plant based foods like vegetables, fruit, olives, olive oil, fish, legumes, nuts and also a moderate red wine consumption. According to the research, the omega-3 rich fish play an important role in improving mental health and stability.

The researchers analysed 82 adults with depression across a wide spread of ages. They used the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales and Positive Negative Affect Scale to measure the difference a strong Mediterranean diet has compared to a diet with less Mediterranean foods. Those who had increased Mediterranean foods in their diet has a much lower score on the scales.

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  1. yes I eat all of those things anyway, hardly ever any processed foods. Cant have the red wine though but do have beetroot juice and prunes etc.. so hope that compensates.

  2. Mental illness is horrible… Life’s stresses and strains can drive one over the top for sure… Yes I agree sugar white products hard to cut out but do make mental health worse….

  3. One of the best things that helped me with my issues was sorting my diet out, it was horrific and afterwards I saw immediate benefits. I suffered terribly with anxiety and depression since I 13, I lost my best years. It was only last year I finally got a hold on my issues…..I was 49. I have blogged a little about what helped me get me life back

  4. My blood pressure was skyrocketing (always suffered from hypertension since giving birth). Now eating above diet more regularly, regular exercise etc. and it’s finally showing signs of coming down. Happy!

  5. Omega 3, 6, 9 and foods rich in Inositol work by improving the integrity of the myelin sheaths of brain cells and the oxygenation of them. This means that the synapses are much quicker and more ordered rather than tangential or convoluted. Search engine “myelin” with the aforementioned…

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