An Apple a Day Keeps the Psychiatrist Away?


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — The old saying is that an apple a day keeps the doctor away … but what about for your mental health? New research shows how some foods may just be the ultimate mood booster.

This is not only fueling the body, but it’s also healing the mind.

Tara Collingwood, RDN, Registered Dietitian, Diet Diva says, “There’s certain foods that have been shown to be good for brain health and potentially affect mood.”

According to new research from a university in England, people who eat fruit more often reported greater positive mental wellbeing and are less likely to report symptoms of depression than those who do not. Another study in Australia found eating four to six different vegetables a day was associated with 24 percent to 42 percent lower risk of depression. And …

Collingwood explains, “Omega-3 fatty acids that are in fish could help to protect our brain.”

A study published in Molecular Psychiatry found patients treated with omega-3’s had up to a 71 percent drop in depression … with foods to boost your mood. An apple a day.

The English study also found nutrient-poor sweet or savory snacks was associated with everyday mental lapses included forgetting where items had been placed, forgetting the purpose of going into certain rooms, and being unable to retrieve names of acquaintances. An apple a day

Contributors to this news report include: Milvionne Chery, Producer; Roque Correa.


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BACKGROUND: We are often told as children to eat what makes us the strongest. However, we often fail to consume the foods that make us happiest. Eating foods that make us feel better emotionally can help us move quicker and think clearer. It also helps with concentration and mindset. Consuming a deficient diet can lead to weariness, exhaustion, and debility. According to the American Dietetic Association, it is common for people to either overeat or undereat when they are stressed. Eating too much often results in feelings of tiredness and overstimulation. When undereating, irritability and exhaustion are common symptoms, and the behavior can become difficult to break. Poor diet during times of mental distress can become a brutal cycle that is difficult to overcome. Paying the most attention to how you feel while eating is the key ingredient to making sure you are indulging in a well-balanced diet. Being mindful of maintaining a regular grocery store routine, meal prepping, honoring hunger cues, and paying mind to where you eat can all help improve your relationship with the foods you are consuming.


THE STUDY: A study from Harvard University on fruits and vegetables showed that they are a key ingredient to a healthy diet and the varietal consumption is near as important as quantity all together. There is not a single fruit that can provide every nutrient needed to maintain a healthy diet. Variety is important to fruit and vegetable consumption. Maintaining a diet full of fruit can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease, prevent cancer, improve digestive tracks, and you feel full for longer periods of time. A new study from Aston University informs us that eating fruit daily can help protect you from experiencing depression. The study surveyed over 400 adults, recording their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, and psychological health standings. According to the survey, the more people consumed fruit, the lower they scored for feeling depressed. Individuals who snacked on nutritionally empty foods, such as candy and salt, experienced elevated anxiety. It was inevitably proven that those who ate what made them happiest, while still including balance, felt the best emotionally.


NEW REGULATIONS: New findings in psychology offer the notion that what we eat, directly affects our mental state. Author Nicola-Janye Tuck and her team claim that nutrients have a firsthand impact on our cognitive process. They conducted a study to find whether diet influenced mental health from impact on cognition while also keeping note of fruit and vegetable utilization. Participants in the study recorded their nutrients intake and psychological health standings of the recent month, through an online survey. They then completed self-report cognitive questionnaires and Stop-Signal tasks to measure cognitive control. The results showed that consuming fruits had a positive impact on depression.


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