The Mediterranean dietary pattern and depression risk: A systematic review

Year Published: 2019


Neurol Psychiatry Brain Res


Areni Altun, Helen Brown, Cassandra Szoeke, Alicia M Goodwill


This study reviewed the current evidence surrounding adherence to a Mediterranean diet and risk of depression. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes many foods of plant origin including nuts, vegetables, and olive oil.

Key Findings

Key Findings: A total of 20 observational studies and 6 intervention studies were used. Results showed that 85% of the studies support the evidence that a Mediterranean dietary pattern is associated with reduced incidence of depression. Intervention studies also agree with these findings.