Seaweed-rich diets can help improve mental health
A healthy diet isn't just good for your body, it's good for your mind too. New research out of Japan points to how a diet rich in organic and unprocessed foods like seaweed, fruits, fish, vegetables and soy reduces feelings of depression and suicide risk in adults. These studies also highlight the importance of a healthy diet for pregnant women, finding that regularly consuming foods with a high nutrient content can lead to children with less anger and fewer temper tantrums.
What exactly is it about organic seaweed and other nutrient-rich foods that promotes strong mental health? The jury is still out on that, but preliminary research points to omega-3 fatty acids as one of the primary factors responsible. Omega-3s have shown to reduce inflammation in the brain, which in turn decreases risks of mental illness.
"Inflammation seems to be a very important pathway, whereby signaling in the braining and regulation of mood is mediated," says Professor Michael Berk of Deakin University. "We know that a high-fat and high-sugar diet will increase systematic inflammation throughout our body and brain. That's associated with changes in the brain, such as reductions in the chemicals that make brain cells grow and thrive."
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