The major players that contribute to mental disorders include inflammation, oxidative stress and a compromised gut microbiome, as well as the dietary affect on the hippocampus, a brain structure associated with learning, memory, mood regulation, and is specifically implicated in depression.
Foods have a major effect on all of these, with foods high in saturated and trans-fat, sugar and salt promoting a highly acidic environment in our body which breeds inflammation and negatively affects the hippocampus.
On the other hand, foods such as omega-3 fatty acids (oily fish such as salmon and sardines, walnuts, sesame seeds, chia seeds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, chickpeas and beans) flavonoids (edamame, seeds, walnuts, broccoli and beans) resveratrol (onions, lettuce, broccoli, quinoa, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnip greens) and polyphenol found in red grapes and other fruits, stimulate neurogenesis, reduce oxidation, inflammation and positively affect our hippocampus.
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