10 foods that may protect teen girls from depression

in December 2018, researchers in Iran and the UK published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Psychiatry Research, showing a connection between diet and depression in teen girls.

The researchers obtained dietary and depression data for 750 teen girls. The participants were grouped into 3 groups based on their dietary habits: healthy, traditional, and Western.

What the researchers found was that those participants who best followed the healthy dietary pattern were the least likely to have depression.

So, what was the “healthy dietary pattern”?

  1. Legumes
  2. Fish
  3. Egg
  4. Cruciferous vegetables
  5. Green, leafy vegetables
  6. Tomatoes
  7. Garlic
  8. Fruits
  9. Olives
  10. Dairy products, particularly yoghurt

This is one more study in a growing body of research showing a connection between what we eat and our mental health. Here at Truehope, we’ve been promoting nutrition as mental health treatment for over 20 years.