Diet intervention may drastically improve depressive symptoms

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(Mental Daily) — In past research studies, diet intervention is recognized for its beneficiary effects on cognitive health. In a new study, however, conducted by researchers from Macquarie University in Australia, they found that consuming a healthy diet may improve depressive symptoms among young adults. The findings were published in the journal PLOS ONE.

The results were achieved by recruiting 101 adults with depressive symptoms in either a brief 3-week diet intervention group or in a habitual diet control group. The progress of diet intervention in all participants was measured using self-report questionnaires and spectrophotometry.

The study’s co-authors write: “One-hundred-and-one individuals were enrolled in the study and randomly assigned to the Diet Group or the Control Group. Upon completion of the study, there was complete data for 38 individuals in each group. There was good compliance with the diet intervention recommendations assessed using self-report and spectrophotometry.” (…)

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