The latest research shows an undeniable connection between inflammation and mental health, particularly depression. “The most dramatic increase in suicide rates was seen among girls between the ages of 10 to 14. Since 1999, the suicide rate for this group has exploded by an incredible 200 percent… Research has shown that low levels of vitamins D, B-12, magnesium, and particularly omega-3 essential fatty acids have been linked to depression and increased risk of suicide,” says Dr. James Greenblatt.
“Excess inflammation is damaging to the brain. On the other hand, eating a healthy diet comprised of lots of fruit and vegetables, spices and lean protein has a protective, anti-inflammatory effect on the brain. What we do know is that there is a direct link between vitamin and mineral deficiencies along with low levels of omega 3 fatty acids and depression. So by choosing nutrient dense foods over junk foods, you are helping your mental health as well as your physical health.”