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8 a Day and You’ll Feel OK

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Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat can lower your risk of clinical depression, new research has found. The study, conducted by Redzo Mujcic of Warwick Business School and Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick, discovered that eating, for example, four extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day can boost people’s mental health to such an extent that it can offset half the negative psychological impact of divorce and a quarter of the psychological damage of unemployment. These mental gains can occur within 24 months, too, compared to physical gains, which sometimes don’t occur until you are in your 60s. “If people increase their daily intake of fruit and vegetables from zero to eight they are 3.2 percentage points less likely to suffer depression or anxiety in the next two years,” said Dr Mujcic. We like those odds. Pass us a banana…

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