Consuming fiber-rich foods reduces risk of depression: Study
Consuming fiber-rich foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, may be linked to a reduced risk of depression, according to a new study.
Many studies have been conducted to discover non-medical and drug-free treatments for depression, the leading cause of disability worldwide.
The latest study published online last month in the journal, Menopause, confirmed an inverse link between dietary-fiber consumption and depression in premenopausal women.
Dietary fiber’s tie to depression could be explained in part by interactions between the gut and the brain because it is hypothesized that changes in gut microbiota composition may alter neurotransmission. Gut microbiota’s richness and diversity are enhanced by fiber.
“This study highlights an important link between dietary fiber intake and depression,” said Dr. Stephanie Faubion, the medical director of the North American Menopause Society.
“It has never been more true that ‘you are what you eat,’ given that what we eat has a profound effect on the gut microbiome which appears to play a key role in health and disease.”
Depression is a common and serious mood disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The agency reported that for some, it can lead to severe impairments that can interfere with or limit the ability to conduct major life pursuits.