Fruits, leaves and vegetables can elevate mental health to the point of undoing the stress of traumatic events. Because the opposite happens: not eating enough vegetables is as bad as divorce.
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One study found that not eating vegetables can make depression and anxiety even worse.
The research was done by Warwick Business School (England).
It examined data from an annual survey done in Australia.
Participants answered questions about diet and lifestyle.
And they were asked if they had been diagnosed with depression or anxiety.
7,108 people were selected who said they had none of these conditions.
The goal was to see if their dietary choices could influence their risk of developing depression two years later.
As a result, who ate more fruits and vegetables revealed less likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness later.
"If people increase their daily vegetable intake from zero to eight, they will be 3.2 percentage points less likely to suffer from depression or anxiety over the next two years."
The explanation is from one of the study's authors, Dr. Redzo Mujcic.
This consumption of vegetables can increase mental health so much that it can offset strong psychological impacts.
Similar to losing your job or getting divorced.
At these times, all help is welcome.