Vegetables and fruits are the best for your physical health, but as it turns out there is more to it that meets the taste buds, no pun intended.
A new research reveals that doing the so-called “five a day” regimen is linked to better mental well-being reported MNT.
The study led by Dr. Saverio Stranges of the University of Warwick Medical School in the UK found out that consuming five portions of fruits and vegetables a day gives the maximum health benefits, including lowering risk of death from any cause. The research used the data gathered from 14,000 adults over the age of 16.
The study factored in the subjects’ mental and physical condition as well as their health-related behaviors, demographics and socio-economic class. The researchers found out that “the higher the vegetable and fruit intake, the lower the chance of low well-being.”
Overall, the researchers found that high and low mental well-being were typically associated with the participants’ fruit and vegetable intake.
Counting in other health-related lifestyle like smoking and alcohol intake, the researchers found out that only smoking and fruit and vegetable intake were consistently associated with mental well-being.
Dr. Stranges explains the correlation of fruit and vegetable diet with high mental well-being. “These novel findings suggest that fruit and vegetable intake may play a potential role as a driver, not just of physical, but also of mental well-being in the general population,” he said.
Having high mental well-being is the heightened good feeling and functioning. People with high mental well-being are deemed optimistic, happy, have high self esteem, resilient and have good relationship with people around them.
Professor and co-author of the study Sarah Stewart-Brown mental illness “is hugely costly to both the individual and society, and mental well-being underpins many physical diseases, unhealthy lifestyles and social inequalities in health.”
This makes maintaining the population’s high mental well-being even more important.
“Our findings add to the mounting evidence that fruit and vegetable intake could be one such factor and mean that people are likely to enhance their mental well-being at the same time as preventing heart disease and cancer,” she concluded.