It’s one of the diets that doesn’t encourage elimination of certain foods, and is so good you’ll want to do it all the time. Also, it’s now been shown to improve your mental health.
The Mediterranean Diet, taking cues from the Greeks, follows these commandments:
Sounds great doesn’t it? Science thinks so too with researchers from the Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra (SUN) Project finding that this diet, especially with its high intake of olive oil, could prevent the occurrence of depression.
The study of more than 15,000 people, published in BMC Medicine Journal, showed three similar diets, namely the Mediterranean Diet, Pro-Dietary Pattern and the Alternative Health Eating Index, were proven to produce positive effects on one’s mental health.
The scientists found just how crucial omega-3 fatty acids, fruits, nuts and vegetables are to decreasing the risk of depression.
Dr Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria told Mail Online, “We wanted to understand what role nutrition plays in mental health, as we believe certain dietary patterns could protect our minds”.
“These diets are all associated with physical health benefits and now we find that they could have a positive effect on our mental health. The protective role is ascribed to the foods’ nutritional properties, where nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables, all sources of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, could reduce the risk of depression”.
Tell us, would you give the Mediterranean Diet a go? Have you already? What benefits have you see in your physical and mental health?