A diet just rated as one of the best for good health by U.S. News & World Report is also now getting rave reviews because it could also help with happiness.
The Mediterranean diet may help lower depression, according to a study in Molecular Psychiatry. This was actually a meta-analysis where researchers looked at more than 40 studies of people that stuck to the Mediterranean diet.
The diet is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive oil and fish. It's lower in meats, butter, cheese and processed foods. Those who ate the Mediterranean way, according to this study, had reduced depression. Researchers say it is likely because the diet works against inflammations in the body.
This anti-inflammatory process may play a powerful role in the body, not just in mood, but in everything from easing pain to reducing heart disease risk and the risk of certain types of cancer.