A recent study found that those who adhered to a Mediterranean diet — one that emphasizes anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, seafood, and moderate wine consumption — were less likely to be depressed.
The study was published in September in Molecular Psychiatry by a team of U.K.-based researchers led by Dr. Camille Lassale, an associate in the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London. Their research included analysis of 41 studies comparing different diets and lifestyle habits, and determined that people who follow a Mediterranean diet were 33 percent less likely to develop depressive symptoms or clinical depression, Wine Spectator reports.
“Our review shows that there is observational evidence to suggest that both adhering to a healthy diet, in particular a traditional Mediterranean diet, and avoiding a pro-inflammatory diet is associated with reduced risk of depressive symptoms or clinical depression,” the authors wrote.
The key, of course, is to drink in moderation. If you’re looking for inspiration, VinePair’s 50 Best Wines of 2018 includes a Greek wine in the top five.