The link between diet and depression. (Trending)


Can a healthy diet combat mental illness?

In an experiment, the researchers of the James Cook University in Australia have found that among Torres Strait Islander people, the amount of fish and processed food eaten is related to depression.

A JCU research team led by Professors Zoltan Sarnyai and Robyn McDermott looked at the link between depression and the diet on a Torres Strait Island, where fast food is available, and on more isolated island, which has no fast food outlets.

Lead author Dr. Maximus Berger said that the team interviewed around 100 people on the both Island.

"We asked them about their diet, screened them for their levels of depression and took blood samples. As you had expect, people on the more isolated island with no fast food outlets reported significantly higher seafood consumption and lower takeaway food consumption compared with people on the other island," he said.

The researchers identified 19 people with moderate to severe depressive symptoms: sixteen were from the island where fast food is readily available, while only three from the other Island.

The researchers analyzed the blood samples in collaboration with researchers at the University of Adelaide and found differences between the levels of two fatty acids in the people who lived on the islands.

Professor Sarnyai said depression affects about one in seven people at some point in their lives and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are disproportionately affected by psychological distress and mental ill-health compared with the general population. 

 

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