"La dieta mediterranea può ridurre il rischio di depressione"
- Sabato, 29 Settembre 2018
- Autore: Alice G. Walton
There’s no arguing with the fact that a Mediterranean-style diet is just about the best choice for physical health and longevity. But a growing body of evidence is also reporting that the famous diet is good not only for the body, but also for the brain—and importantly, the mind. A new study in the Nature journal Molecular Psychiatry finds that a Mediterranean diet also reduces the risk for depression, considerably. It’s not the first to suggest this, but it is the largest meta-analysis to date.
The team, from University College London, looked back over 40 earlier studies analyzing the connection between diet and depression risk. They used various methods of analyzing what people ate: for instance, some used the DASH diet score, others the Dietary Inflammatory Index. Four studies looked specifically at consumption of the Mediterranean diet and depression risk over the years. The team made certain that all studies included took potentially confounding variables, like age, sex, smoking, physical activity level, income, body size, and overall health, into account.