Understanding Veganism And A Vegan Diet And Making The Switch
A Whole Food Vegan Diet Combats Depression And Supports A Good Mood
A 2014 meta-analysis showed a diet high in plant foods and no meat products significantly reduced the risk of depression. The randomized control trial in the meta-analysis showed the removal of meat, fish, poultry, and eggs improved several mood scores in only 2 weeks.
Reasons For The Improvement In Mood
- Vegetarian diets supplied more antioxidants.
- A single natural carbohydrate meal rich in plant foods reduced anger, fatigue, depression, tension, sadness, confusion, and improved alertness and calmness.
- People on a low-fat, low-protein, high carbohydrate diet had a remarkably better mood and psychological well-being during a 1 year study, compared to people who ate diets high in animal fat and animal protein.
- The consumption of the inflammatory omega-6 arachidonic acid present in animal foods, but largely present in chicken and eggs had been reduced to zero for people on vegetarian and vegan diets. Large amounts of arachidonic acid can adversely impact mental health by causing brain inflammation. High levels of arachidonic acid in the body has been associated with greater suicide risk and major depression.
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