Food and mood

Introduction to Food and Mood

There is little doubt that you really are what you eat; and this holds for your moods too.  Eating a healthy diet and getting some physical activity can help you feel your best from your mental health point of view.

Research on mood and food is quite difficult to do as so many other factors affect mood and there is always a huge placebo effect-about 50% in most cases.  However, we hope to bring you articles that appear in the medical literature (and are based on robust scientific studies) when they appear.

 

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Omega-3 backed for postpartum depression

After birth, levels of omega 3 in a woman’s blood can fall unless sufficient omega 3 is consumed.  Women at risk of depression can have an increased risk of suffering from it post=partum if levels of omega 3 do fall.  It is believed that omega 3 plays a role in serotonin production

Increasing the levels of omega-3 fatty acids could help to battle postpartum depression, according to a new review. http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Omega-3-backed-for-postpartum-depression

 

publ: Shapiro et al.  Canadian Jrnl Psych (2012), 57 (11) 704-712

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Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Caffeine and depression

Women who drank more caffeinated coffee experienced less depression, and the more coffee, the better the effects. Compared with women who drank little or no coffee, women who drank 2-3 cups a day had a 15% decreased risk for depression. Results were even better for women who drank more coffee. Women who drank at least 4 cups a day had a 20% decreased risk for depression. The positive results were seen only for caffeinated coffee intake. Neither decaf coffee, caffeinated tea, nor sugared soft drinks seemed to lower depression risk. Even chocolate didn’t do it.

 Lucas M, Mirzaei F, Pan A, et al. Coffee, caffeine, and risk of depression among women. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171:1571-1578.

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