The natural fix for seasonal depression

November 7, 2014 10:00 AM

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The natural fix for seasonal depression

Feeling blue or just down on yourself? Downing more produce could help. A new study in BMJ Open finds that adequate fruit and veggie intake was associated with big mental perks, helping to lift levels of optimism, happiness, self-esteem, and resilience. Great news, considering about a half million Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and up to 20 percent are dealing with a milder form of the fall and winter blues.

Researchers analyzed survey data from more than 14,000 adults and found that consuming 5 or more servings of produce daily was consistently associated with higher mental wellbeing. "One likely reason is antioxidants," said Dr. Saverio Stranges, lead study author and associate professor of epidemiolo...

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