A Whole Plant Based Diet Can Be Used To Improve 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.
What Could Be The Reason For Such A Positive Swing In Mood?
1. Vegetarian diets supplied more antioxidants.
2. A single natural carbohydrate meal rich in plant foods reduced anger, fatigue, depression, tension, sadness, confusion, and improved alertness and calmness.
3. 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.
4. 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.
A twenty-two week trial by a major insurance company confirmed a whole food plant-based diet significantly improved the mood of over-weight and diabetic employees. The experimental group received weekly instruction on maintaining a low-fat vegan diet with no portion size restrictions or calorie counting, and the control group received no instructions.
The group consuming the whole food plant-based diet reported greater diet satisfaction, better sleep, improved energy, increased positive mental health, vitality, and social functioning.
A large randomized trial involving 10 corporations across the United States also determined that a low-fat vegan diet significantly reduced depression, anxiety, and fatigue, and improved emotional well-being and daily functioning.
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