Vegetables Fruit And Whole Grains Could Help With Depression | Men's Health Magazine Australia

This Is The Diet That May Help Combat Depression

One in five Australians will experience a mental health condition each year. And while solutions are tricky because each individual reacts differently, a new study supports the idea that diet could be used to ease depression. 

New Research in the US found that participants following a high fibre diet while avoiding unhealthy foods were 11 per cent less likely to experience depression.

Spanning six years, the report followed 1000 people aged, on average, at 81 years old, recording their mood and diet. Throughout the study, scientists observed signs of depression. Tracking their diet, researchers discovered that individuals who stuck to low-fat foods closely were less likely to develop depression. In comparison, partakers whose diets were high in saturated fats and red meats while low in fibre were more prone to symptoms of depression. 

 RELATED: Study Reveals The Activity That Can Reduce Symptoms of Depression by 50%

“Depression is common in older adults and more frequent in people with memory problems, vascular risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or people who have had a stroke,” says study author Dr. Laurel Cherian from the Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago. 

“Making a lifestyle change such as changing your diet is often preferred over taking medications, so we wanted to see if diet could be an effective way to reduce the risk of depression,” adds Dr. Cherian. 

“Future studies are now needed to confirm these results and to determine the best nutritional components of the DASH (Dietary approaches to stop hypertension) diet to prevent depression later in life and to best help people keep their brains health.”

If depression is affecting your life or you need someone to talk to, please do not suffer in silence. Support is available here.

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

Beyondblue: 1300 224 636

By Mens Health Staff

More From

Finding balance: how yoga can help you defy ageing

Finding balance: how yoga can help you defy ageing

Step into the world of wellness with Manoj Dias, your aficionado and fearless trend-chaser. In this column, we're delving deep into the hottest and obscure wellness trends and having candid conversations with pop culture icons. Our mission? Demystify wellness and bring it down to earth for all. First up, Dias recalls his first yoga class and reveals how the ancient practice can help fortify your mind and body as you age.

Isaac Humphries is unshackled

Isaac Humphries is unshackled

After coming out in November 2022, the Adelaide 36ers centre remains the only openly gay professional basketball player in the world. With the NBL's Champion Pride Round underway, Humphries reflects on his journey and the reasons why he’s playing the best basketball of his career.