The Vitamin That Helps Prevent Depression

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Increased intake of this
vitamin is particularly important for reducing depression risk.
A healthy diet including
plenty of folates is linked to lower depression risk, research finds.
Folates include vitamin B9,
folacin and folic acid.
Some of the best dietary
sources of folates include:
  • vegetables,
  • fruits,
  • liver,
  • and whole-grains.
Folate levels are particularly
high in chickpeas, yeast extract, lentils and broad beans.
Losing weight is also linked
to a lower risk of depression.
In contrast, eating junk food,
sugar and processed foods was linked to increased depression risk by the study.
People who ate more foods like
sausages, sugary snacks and drinks, manufactured foods and processed potatoes
had higher depression risk.
The conclusion comes from a
Finnish study of over 2,000 middle-aged men.
They were tracked for up to 20
years while their diet and mental health was monitored.
In another related study, 140
men and women were assigned to one of two groups.
One group ate a healthy diet
while the other continued as normal.
The results again showed that
a healthy diet including higher intake of vegetables, fruits, whole-grains and
fish was linked to lower depression risk.
Increased intake of folates is
particularly important.
Dr Anu Ruusunen, the study’s
author, said:
“The study reinforces the
hypothesis that a healthy diet has potential not only in the warding off of
depression, but also in its prevention.”
The studies were published by
the University of Eastern Finland (Ruusunen et al., 2013).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.