“Eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is associated with less stress, according to new research from Edith Cowan University in Australia.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
Studies suggest the coronavirus pandemic has had a marked effect on people’s mental health. A survey in May 2020 found the average adult in Britain saw their stress and anxiety levels rise by almost 50 percent during the early weeks of the country’s first lockdown. A study in India found a progressively detrimental impact of lockdown on various aspects of psychological health, with an up to tenfold increase in the prevalence of depression and anxiety.
Clearly, until the pandemic and lockdowns are brought to an end, global mental health will continue to suffer. Meantime, taking advantage of science-based natural health approaches to depression and anxiety can be helpful. Numerous studies have demonstrated there is a close relationship between diet, nutrition, and mood.
Research shows taking high daily doses of omega-3 fatty acids may protect against stress. Studies have also found omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, magnesium, and vitamin-rich Mediterranean-style diets are helpful in controlling depression. The underlying idea behind this area of research is essentially a simple one; namely that the brain needs to be nourished, just like all other organs of the body, and that its nutritional status is a key factor governing moods and behavior.
To learn about the biological consequences of stress and how to control them naturally, read this article on our website.