A new study that has been conducted at the University of Navarra and the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has determined that a diet that is rich in olive oil can go a long way in helping to prevent mental illness. There were a little over 12,000 people who took part in the study. The people were part of a group called the SUN project, which is made up of Spanish university graduates and alumni who partake in various medical and clinical trials.
The trial lasted over 6 years and when it was over, 675 of the patients were found to be suffering from some kind of depression or mental disorder. Still this study with olive oil goes to prove points that have already been made by diets such as the Mediterranean Diet which is also noted for its medical benefits and fight against depression.
Spanish researchers about two years ago found out the Mediterranean Diet and ones that use olive oil, vegetables, beans, and fruits could decrease a person’s symptoms of depression by a whopping 30 percent.
Another correlation that some of these researchers have been able to make is that with olive oil and its helping with hypertension, there could be a direct connection between heart health and depression. Researchers were able to find out that people who suffer from heart disease and those who suffer from mental illness seem to have the same outlook at food and diet. An olive oil rich diet could help these people get back on track and live a stress free and healthy life.