A study that involved an analysis of 11 existing studies targeting the link between junk foods and depression had a data of over 100,00 participants between the age group of 16 -72 years. It was published in the journal Clinical Nutrition and was same irrespective of age gender. It was same even across short as well as long follow periods. The participants belonged to different genders as well as ethnicity across countries like USA, Europe, Australia and Middle East. During the study every participant was given a score depending upon the level of inflammatory diet. Some of the studies made use of the data that was available on an immediate basis tracking participants 13 years down the line.
The study revealed that the participants who were consuming a pro-inflammatory diet were on an average 1.4 times more likely to have depressive symptoms of depression. Even the researchers at the Manchester Metropolitan University of UK found out that inflammatory foods like foods high on cholesterol, carbohydrates and saturated fats puts people to 40% higher risk of developing depression.
The studies that were conducted, all of them did record the depressive symptoms of depression based on medical diagnosis, anti-depressant use as well as self-observation.
As per Steven Bradbum from the Manchester Metropoliton University the results had a high potential in for depression treatment and even of treatment for conditions like alzheimer’s due to the inflammatory component it has. As per him, the best possible solution to the same is making adequate dietary changes rather than going for expensive medications which come with side effects as well.
As per the researchers a diet that is balanced in nature and contains vitamins A, vitamin C, vitamin D, along with fibre and unsaturated fats is good for treating depression as it has an opposite effect. The best diet could be the Mediterranean diet because it contains olive oil, green vegetables, tomatoes as well as fatty fish.
The inflammation or redness and swelling is apparently a natural defense system of our body and its way to fight against injuries infections as well as toxins. But, yes inflammation that is chronic in nature can ring an alarm because it has been linked to life threatening conditions like heart disease, cancer and asthma earlier. It is also known that recurring inflammation or inflammation that is consistent in nature can lead to neuronal death.