Vegetarians, more prone to depression than carnivores

Study. Vegetarians are more prone to depression than carnivores.

What we eat and our mental health have a complex relationship. It has been shown that when someone is depressed, they are more likely to eat more or less depending on what they are consuming.

Vegans and vegetarians who eat healthy fruits, vegetables and whole grains may be more prone to depression and depressive episodes, a new study says.

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Study. Vegetarians are more prone to depression than carnivores

Based in Brazil, the research has extensively explored the link between diet and specific health issues. The analysis, published in Journal of Affective Disordersconsidered a wide range of nutritional factors, including:

  • total calorie intake,
  • protein intake,
  • micronutrient intake
  • the level of food processing.

What is the connection between vegetarianism and depression

According to doctors, depression may make people more likely to become vegetarian than the other way around. One of the major symptoms of depression includes negative thoughts.

În while depression is sometimes characterized as having negative unrealistic perceptions, there is evidence to suggest that people with mild to moderate depression have more realistic judgments about the outcome of uncertain events and more realistic perceptions of their roles and abilities.

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Doctors also believe that a vegetarian diet may cause depression for various reasons other than nutrition. Even though no “happy nutrients” are missing from a vegetarian diet, it could be that giving up meat causes depression by other means.

According to Healthline, another possibility is that people with depression have personality factors that may make them more likely to empathize with animals. As a result, they can stop eating meat and other animal products to live by their ethics.

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For example, omega-3s, choline, vitamins B-6 and B-12, and folic acid—as well as certain specific amino acids—are needed to make serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

These are three neurotransmitters that help regulate mood. A well-planned vegan diet can provide enough of all these nutrients. However, if it is poorly palnified it may not have sufficient amounts of nutrients required for optimal brain function.

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