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2012-11-23

Study Confirms Diet Influences Depression Risk


Can anyone explain to me why the *beep* we acknowledge Black Friday in Canada?! Black Friday is an American event! Not to dismiss or disrespect my American subscribers/readers, but just as Canadians don't celebrate Independence Day, American Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King's Day, President's Day, or any other American holiday, why are Canadians making a big deal of Black Friday?!

Black Friday has become the largest single day of shopping in the US, and it's due to the fact that the American Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday. Employers often give their employees the following Friday off, which swells the number of available shoppers on a day that's become the unofficial start of the Holiday shopping season.

A lot of truths in Wall-E

However, most Canadians don't have either the Thursday (of American Thanksgiving) or Black Friday off. So what's up? I'll tell you. Most of the major stores in Canada are American-owned, and this is just another day for consumerism to thrive, regardless of the nation you reside in.

But I know...it's hard to resist those amazing deals! We work hard for our money, and we all want to save as much as possible. But most of us have been brainwashed to forget that the best way to save money is to buy NOTHING today.

This consumerism is unsustainable. Focus less on "stuff" and more on your health. And with that in mind...

A meta-analysis of 11 longitudinal studies involving unipolar depression and/or depressive symptoms in adults, between the ages of 18-97 years, found a link between depression and diet (is this not common sense by now?).

Follow-up ranged from 2-13 years. Researchers found an inverse association between depression risk and folate, omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, olive oil, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes.

To throw my two-cents in here, if you're looking to supplement, I would strongly recommend methyl-folate (5-MTHF) as the form of folic acid you buy. It's the metabolically active form of folate in the body, and studies are showing that a vast number of people (up to 60% of the population) may carry a defective gene that reduces our body's ability to convert folic acid to methyl-folate. Further people with intestinal or liver disorders may not convert efficiently (since the conversion occurs in the intestines and liver).

Methy-folate is also the only form of folate that can cross the blood-brain barrier, so it's actually sold as a prescription through pharmacies as an adjunct to antidepressant therapy (for people with suboptimal response to their antidepressant drug).

As for the omega-3s and fish, I would recommend krill oil--because studies show it's much better than fish oil supplements, and being a tree-hugging hippie, I'm at peace because krill oil is the environmentally responsible choice for marine-based omega-3s.

Aight, easy.

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Source: Diet and the risk of unipolar depression in adults: systematic review of cohort studies

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2 comments:

  1. Looks like this blog turned into a “rant” but very amusing indeed. Were you partaking in Black Friday, Canadian-style? Come on, admit it. You were shopping, weren’t you?

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    1. LOL... yeah... busted!
      Are you spying on me?
      ...all those TOYS! So cheap!
      :P

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