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Eating Fruits May Lower Your Risk Of Depression

We’re all familiar with the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and despite the seemingly generic statement, the expression may actually hold truth because research shows that eating fruits and vegetables aren’t only good for our physical health, they’re also known to lower depressive symptoms!

A study was conducted among researchers from Australia’s Macquarie University by reviewing 12 cohort studies carried out in Europe, the US, Japan, Canada, and Australia, to investigate a potential link between the consumption of fruits and vegetables and the development of depression symptoms in people age 15 to 45 years.

The results, published in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, showed that most of the studies supported the notion that eating enough fruits ― in line with public health guidelines ― is associated with decreased risk of developing depression.

But the same can’t be said with vegetables though, because according to the researchers, unlike fruits that are packed with antioxidant, the vegetables that people eat are usually potatoes and the like, rather than healthy leafy greens.

With that said, the research also reveals a major problem among young people and their very low consumption of fruit and vegetables. This is especially worrying considering it is those in the 15 to 18 age group who are particularly vulnerable to mental health issues.

Which is why the researchers hope that these new findings will help encourage the youth to consume more fruits and vegetables, so if you’re reading this, go eat some fruits now, your body and mind will thank you later.

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