Healthy diet linked to lower odds of depression

In June 2019, researchers in Korea published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Current Developments in Nutrition, showing a connection between diet and depression.

The researchers evaluated the diet quality, mental health, and quality of life of roughly 1,300 adults between the ages of 19 and 64. To measure diet, they used what’s called a recommended food score, which basically means fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats or meat alternates, and low-fat dairy. They then split the participants into 3 groups, depending on how closely they followed the recommended food score.

What they discovered was that the participants in the group that followed the recommended food score most closely had 56% lower odds of depression and 65% lower odds of poor quality of life, when compared to the group that followed the recommended food score the least.

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. It’s why we made EMPowerplus Advanced, an all-natural and safe combination of 36 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids designed to support mental and physical well being.