Healthy diets reduce depression and anxiety
In another study of the Alternative Healthy Eating Index, doctors measured the diets of 3,363 participants and assessed their mental health. Compared to men and women who ate a less-healthy diet, those eating a healthier diet were 49 percent less likely to have clinical anxiety, and 45 percent less likely to experience depression. The benefits were even greater for those age 40 or younger. Younger men and women with better diets were 58 percent less likely to have anxiety and 51 percent less likely to develop depression. Doctors said the B-complex vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3s were the parts of the diet most likely to provide these mental health benefits.

Reference: British Journal of Nutrition; 2016, Vol. 116, No. 2, 335-42.
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