This Diet May Ease Depression Symptoms – Healing Practice

Eating healthy can help fight depression

via Switch to a healthier diet relieved the symptoms of depression in a group of subjects participating in a study. The researchers suspect that the effect on changes in the gut flora must be.

a working group of Sydney University of Technology in Australia has examined in a current study whether Treat depression by switching to a healthier diet let. The results were recently presented in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Depression is a major risk factor for suicide

Under young adults he is in australia Suicide is the leading cause of death. Most suicides are committed in the presence of depression. so one Depression, a major risk factor for suicide.

depression is common

Depression is the most widespread mental illness. Around a million people are affected in Australia alone. In Germany it is approx 5.3 million people, that corresponds more than eight percent of the total population.

About 30 percent of depressed patients do not respond adequately to the standard treatments available for major depressive disorders.

Therefore, finding simple ways to alleviate the symptoms of depression is of great public health interest. Switching from an unhealthy diet to a healthy one seems to be one of those possibilities.

course of study

In a 12-week randomized study, a group of young men (ages 18 to 25) with depression changed their diet from an unhealthy diet to a healthier one Mediterranean diet around. A control group ate as usual.

The diet used in the study was rich in foods, according to the research team.

  • colorful vegetables,
  • vegetables,
  • Integral products,
  • oily Fish,
  • Olive oil,
  • dried fruit without salt

Changed diet with the help of nutritional advice.

“Those assigned to the Mediterranean diet were able to make significant changes to their original diet in a short period of time under the guidance of a dietitian.”reports the principal investigator Jessica Bayes.

Nutritional counseling as part of depression treatment

During the 12 weeks symptoms of depression were significantly improved in the group with the diet change. “The study suggests that doctors and psychologists should consider referring depressed youth to a nutritionist or dietitian”Bayes emphasizes.

Important contribution to nutritional psychiatry

According to the working group, the study makes an important contribution to the emerging field of nutritional psychiatrywhose goal is to examine the effects of specific nutrients, foods, and dietary patterns on mental health.

Possible reasons for the impact.

“There are many reasons why we scientifically believe that food affects mood”Bayes explains. According to her, about 90 percent of serotonin is produced by the intestinal flora. serotonin is one of the chemical messengers that send us a feeling of happiness and satisfaction give.

Gut-brain axis as a possible mediator

Current research has also shown that gut bacteria communicate with the brain through the vagus nerve. This connection is called the gut-brain axis. According to the research team, the Mediterranean diet is ideal for promoting this connection.

“In order to have beneficial microbes in the gut, we need to feed them fiber, which is found in legumes, fruits and vegetables”Bayes summarizes.

Subjects continued to eat voluntarily.

As the working group points out, after the study almost all participants voluntarily stayed with the learned form of nutrition. This underlines how satisfied the subjects were with the diet and how effective and tolerable this intervention is. (verb)

Author and source of information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the specialized medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been reviewed by medical professionals.


Graduate Editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • University of Technology Sydney: Better diet helps beat depression in young men (published 05/09/2022),
  • Jessica Bayes, Janet Schloss, David Sibbritt, et al.: The effect of a Mediterranean diet on symptoms of depression in young men (the “AMMEND” study): a randomized control trial; in: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2022),
  • Deutsche Depressionshilfet: Frequency of Depression (Accessed: May 10, 2022),

Important note:
This article contains general advice only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.


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