Fruit and vegetable consumption is increasingly associated with improved mental health, but most research in this area has been conducted in high-income countries.
The new paper, published in 'Mental Health and Prevention', provides evidence from family caregivers of people with dementia in rural Uganda, supported by the Mental Health Working Group
- Clinically significant symptoms of depression and anxiety are common amongst caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease
- Severity of depression was significantly reduced in caregivers frequently consuming green leafy vegetables, root vegetables, other vegetables and jackfruit
- Severity of anxiety was significantly reduced in caregivers frequently consuming root vegetables, green leafy vegetables, other vegetables
- Dietary interventions may have the potential to improve mental health in this high-risk population
This paper is an output from Herbert Ainamani's IMMANA fellowship on Mental health benefits of gardening and diet among caregivers of people with dementia in rural southwestern Uganda