Nutrition and depression

Nutrition can be helpful in fighting depression . This was stated by the GranaPadano Nutritional Observatory, which investigated the eating habits of 500 people aged between 18 and 55, comparing them with the parameters established by nutritionists to combat depression.

The study investigated in particular the division of meals throughout the day and it emerged that almost 15% of men and 10% of women do not eat breakfast, “which on the contrary is essential – say the experts – to maintain a adequate level of energy during the day and good mood ”. The contribution of tea, very scarce in the Italian population, was also evaluated: more than 50% of the interviewees never drink it.

15% never consume coffee, while 46% drink at least 2-3 cups a day. According to experts, “caffeine affects metabolism by temporarily improving concentration and sleepiness , often typical of those who are depressed, and energy in general. It is mainly recommended in the morning, when depression is generally more symptomatic and should be avoided in the evening to prevent insomnia “.

The introduction of minerals and vitamins has also been evaluated and it has emerged that the daily iron intake is 14 mg for men and women, but the recommended requirements (about 18 mg, especially in childbearing age) are not met, especially for women . ” Iron – say the experts – is an important mineral for the brain and seems to have a direct correlation with depression , together with Zinc and Selenium, which modulate the transmission of nerve impulses while their absence causes depression”. The carbohydrates then, are essential if you want to have a good mood.

They are the preferred energy source of the human body and increase serotonin levels, however only 1/3 of the respondents use whole foods at least twice a day which, instead, would be preferred. Whole grains such as bread, pasta and brown rice are absorbed slowly, keeping energy and blood sugar levels stable and thereby boosting mood.

 

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