Healthy Diet Improves Mental Well-Being (Research)

Healthy diet improves mental well-being.

Healthy Diet Improves Mental Well-Being
Healthy Diet Improves Mental Well-Being

A healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables has not only many positive effects on physical health. It also affects significantly the psychological well-being - according to a study published in February 2017. Whoever is eating more fruits and vegetables from now onwards will feel a much better mood in just a few weeks, even if he or she is in the middle of a stressful situation. A good mood can be enjoyed. Try it!

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Mental stress disturbs mood

In stressful situations and with persistent psychological stresses, free radicals are increasingly produced. If there are now antioxidants that can neutralize the free radicals, the oxidative stress level increases. Oxidative stress is not only responsible for chronic inflammation and thus many physical symptoms. It can also trigger psychological symptoms such as impotence, concentration problems , fatigue , bad mood - the typical consequences of long-term stress situations.

Fruits and vegetables raise the mood

Certain food ingredients - the antioxidants - are known to work against oxidative stress. Thus, a diet rich in antioxidant foods should have a positive effect on mood. An increasing number of studies therefore deal with the influence of diet on the psyche - as also the study by Dr. Tamlin Conner and his team from the University of Otago in New Zealand.

The researchers have examined the dietary habits of 171 adults aged 18 to 25 years. The previous fruit and vegetable consumption of all subjects was low before the beginning of the test. The test persons were now divided into 3 groups:

The first group retained their previous eating habits.

The second group received consume vouchers for fruit and vegetables and regularly e-mailing them to eat fruit and vegetables.

In addition to their usual meals, the third group was given a selection of fruit and vegetables twice a day, for example carrots , kiwi, apples and oranges .

After a two-week study period, the first two groups did not make any changes. The third group, on the other hand, was able to record positive changes after two weeks. In a short time the motivation increased, and vitality and mood improved. The test persons of the third group were also those who have actually consumed the most fruits and vegetables during the two weeks of study.

Fruit and vegetables

It is obviously important that its fruit and vegetables are in your reach, so that at any time can be eaten away. Only reminders by means of e-mails are unfortunately not enough to actually consume more of it. Yes, not even consumption vouchers, so if the fruits and vegetables are free, according to the present study lead to a higher fruit and vegetable consumption.

As early as 2014, researchers from the University of Warwick Medical School (UK) investigated approximately 14,000 test persons in their study and compared them with the respective quantities of fruit and vegetables consumed. The results were as follows:

The more fruits and vegetables the subjects were eating, the better their overall mood.

Antioxidant rich foods for stress and for good mood

As explained at the outset, the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables, which are responsible for the described mood improvement, are presumably in particular. The best known antioxidants include vitamin C and E, carotenoids and trace elements (eg selenium and zinc ). The following fruits and vegetables are particularly rich in antioxidants:

●Berries (eg strawberries, blackcurrants and blueberries )

●Corey grapes

●Citrus fruits, especially grapefruits and lemons

●Acerola cherry

●All cabbages (eg broccoli , green cabbage and rosé )

●Green leaf vegetables

●Herbs (eg parsley , rosemary and basil )

●Cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes

●Garlic and onions

●Nuts and almonds

Fruits and vegetables: best in organic quality!

When buying your fruits and vegetables, you should pay attention to high-quality organic quality, because organic food contains more antioxidants than conventionally produced foods. In organic food, up to 69 percent more antioxidants can be found. In addition, organic products are burdened with significantly less toxins , which is of equal benefit to health.

Antioxidants can also be used in the form of concentrated dietary supplements such as OPC, astaxanthin , sulforaphane and many others.

Stresskiller: Rhodiola rosea

In addition to a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, the so-called Adaptogenes help you to stay in good mood despite the stress. Adaptogens include medicinal plants , the negative effects of stress can compensate and make more resistant to stress in this way. One of the best Adaptogenes is Rhodiola rosea, also known as the Rose Spike . 

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