Nutrition Intervention for Depressive Symptoms
The link between diet and depression has come a long way. Research has shown that people who eat more ultra-processed are more likely to develop depression, and people with depressive symptoms tend to improve after dietary intervention.
The challenge is to understand who would most likely benefit from nutrition interventions. This presentation describes those most likely to respond to a nutrition intervention and the potential mechanisms through which nutrition can improve mental health. Diet for depression may be the next frontier in mental health.
Historically, depression has been viewed through the lens of serotonin function. Recently, other phenotypic presentations have emerged. The inflammatory phenotype of depression describes a condition responsive to nutrition intervention. This presentation describes the potential mechanisms, highlighting the characteristics of the Mediterranean Diet.
My most recent presentation was at the Patton State Hospital Annual Nutrition Seminar, hosted by dietetic interns and available to the hospital staff.