Can what you eat affect your mental health? Research links diet and the mind

Gisela Telis, reporting (March 2014) in the Washington Post, writes:

“Jodi Corbitt had been battling depression for decades and by 2010 had resigned herself to taking antidepressant medication for the rest of her life. Then she decided to start a dietary experiment.

To lose weight, the 47-year-old Catonsville, Md., mother stopped eating gluten, a protein found in wheat and related grains. Within a month she had shed several pounds — and her lifelong depression.

‘It was like a veil lifted and I could see life more clearly,’ she recalled. ‘It changed everything.’

Corbitt had stumbled into an area that scientists have recently begun to investigate: whether food can have as powerful an impact on the mind as it does on the body.

Research exploring the link between diet and mental health ‘is a very new field; the first papers only came out a few years ago,’ said Michael Berk, a professor of psychiatry at the Deakin University School of Medicine in Australia. ‘But the results are unusually consistent, and they show a link between diet quality and mental health.’ …”

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  1. Sally Taylor

    This article was written 4 years ago – hardly ‘new’ research, is it? Surely you can find more recent articles to share!?

    1. Editorial (Post author)

      Hello Sally,

      You make a good point as far the post’s title is concerned – so I’ve amended it to remove the word ‘new’.

      Some of the items that we reference are recent, some less so, but one of our aims is to add, week by week, to the growing ‘resource bank’ that this website represents, bringing together a variety of items that are currently scattered across the internet.

      Regards, Richard


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