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Polyphenols (Found in Certain Foods) and Their Impact on Mental Health

minerals for depressionWhat we eat has everything to do with all aspects of our health, but little realize that what we eat directly affects our mental health as well.

Your mother always told you to eat your veggies, and that it would make you grow up to be big and strong, but did you know that you may be contributing to your own depression by not consuming enough vegetables?

Of course there are many factors that affect whether or not we are depressed, such as but studies are showing that polyphenols (found in most vegetables) have a profound effect on our brain health, and our ability to combat depression.

According to an article titled “Three Ways to Beat Depression Naturally” published by Natural Health 365, “A 2012 study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience showed showed that polyphenols improved cognitive functioning as well as psychiatric disorders like depression. A British Journal of Health Psychology study found that diets high in fruits and vegetables improved both mood and brain functioning.”

Other benefits of consuming more polyphenols include “Lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve artery (endothelial) function, prevent platelet clumping, improve arterial flexibility, and improved life span,” according to “10 Best Polyphenol-Rich Superfoods + Why You Should Be Eating Them” by Mind Body Green.

Incorporating more polyphenols into your diet is easy, as they can be found in most fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. The best way to ensure that you are doing so is to eat a wide variety of fresh, organic produce, and eat it raw whenever possible to ensure that you don’t diminish the nutrients.

The Natural Health 365 article continues on to say, “Foods high in omega 3s such as oily fish, nuts, flaxseed oil, and legumes are also effective against depression. Avoiding gluten, artificial ingredients and processed foods will boost your mood and promotes clarity of thought.”

Tackling our health problems, (physical, mental, or otherwise), at the source and treating them naturally seems to be the only fool-proof way to truly rid ourselves of the issue and move on with our lives. Simply masking the problems with medications only muddies-up the thoughts in our minds, and makes it more difficult to figure out where the root of the problem is really stemming from.


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Polyphenols (Found in Certain Foods) and Their Impact on Mental Health

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.

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Bundrant, M. (2016). Polyphenols (Found in Certain Foods) and Their Impact on Mental Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 30, 2020, from


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