Updated: May 15, 2021 7:13 PM IST
Washington [US]May 15 (ANI): Want to live stress-free? Eating a diet rich fruits as well as vegetables can help you.
Researchers at Edith Cowan University (ECU) suggest that a diet rich in fruits as well as vegetables associated with less stress.
A study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition examined the link between fruits vegetable consumption and stress levels in over 8,600 Australians aged 25 to 91 participating in the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle (AusDiab) Study of the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.
The results showed that people who ate at least 470 grams fruits as well as vegetables had 10 percent lower stress levels daily than those who consumed less than 230 grams. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least 400 grams fruits as well as vegetables in a day.
Leading researcher, doctoral student Simone Radavelli-Bagatini from the ECU Nutrition Research Institute, the study is said to strengthen the link between diets rich in fruits as well as vegetables and mental well-being.
“We found that people with higher fruits and vegetables consume less stress than those that consume less, suggesting that diet plays a key role in mental well-being, ”said Radavelli-Bagatini.
A growing problem
Mental health disorders are an increasingly serious problem in Australia and around the world. Approximately one in two Australians will experience mental health problems during their lifetime. Globally, approximately one in ten people suffer from a mental disorder.
Some stress is considered normal, Radavelli-Bagatini said, but long-term exposure can have a significant impact on mental health.
“Prolonged and unmanageable stress can lead to a range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, depression and anxiety, so we need to find ways to prevent and possibly alleviate future mental health problems,” she said.
The health benefits of eating are well known, but only 1 in 2 Australians eat the two recommended servings fruits eat the recommended five servings per day and less than 1 in 10 vegetables everyday.
“Previous studies have shown a link between fruits vegetable consumption and stress in young people, but this is the first time we see similar results in adults of all ages, ”said Radavelli-Bagatini.
“Research findings highlight the importance of a diet rich in fruits as well as vegetables to minimize stress. “
Food and mood
Although the mechanisms underlying how fruits and the impact of vegetable consumption on stress is still unclear, said Radavelli-Bagatini, key nutrients may be a factor.
“Vegetables and fruitsthey contain important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and carotenoids that can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress and therefore improve mental health, ”she said.
“Inflammation and oxidative stress in the body are recognized factors that can lead to increased stress, anxiety and poor mood.”
“These results spur further research into diet and, in particular, fruitssand vegetables provide maximum mental health benefits. “
This study is part of the recently established ECU Institute for Nutrition Research, which aims to explore how nutrition can help prevent and treat chronic disease.
“Consumption of fruits and vegetables is inversely associated with feelings of stress throughout adulthood,” was published in the journal Clinical Nutrition. (ANI)
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