Can the Mediterranean Diet Treat Your Depression?
Yes, but you’ll need to add nuts.
Published on May 16, 2012 by Professor Gary L. Wenk, Ph. D. in Your Brain on Food
BDNF is a protein that is responsible for many important brain functions. Severe alterations in BDNF levels may contribute to many different psychiatric disorders such as epilepsy, autism, schizophrenia and depression. Animal studies have shown that different dietary factors can affect brain levels of BDNF. Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E or flavonols from colorful fruits can increase BDNF levels and improve cognitive function and mood. In contrast, diets rich in saturated fatty acids or total fat actually lower BDNF levels and are associated with impaired memory, brain atrophy and mood disorders. But this is true for rats; would a similar dietary change benefit us humans?