Daily fruits and vegetables protect us from stress consequences

Medical Examiners Investigate The Impact Of Consumption Of Fruits And Vegetables On Stress
In today's society, many people suffer from the negative effects of stress. Researchers have now found that the consumption of three to four servings of fruit vegetables a day results in a significant reduction in the stress that occurs.

The scientists at the University of Sydney found that the daily intake of sufficient fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce the perceived stress compared to people who consume only a small amount of fruit or vegetables. The physicians published the results of their study in the journal "BMF Open".

fruits and vegetables are good for the body. New research has now shown that the moderate consumption of fruits and vegetables can also protect against stress.(Image: Alexander Raths / fotolia.com)

Researchers Investigate 60,000 Participants for Their Study
An investigation by more than 60,000 Australians over the age of 45 analyzed the impact of the consumption of fruits and vegetables on the psychological impact of the participants. The psychological stress was measured with the aid of the so-called Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, a questionnaire that measures the general anxiety and depression. The fruit and vegetable consumption was assessed on the basis of a few short questions.

What causes consumption of fruit and vegetables?
When people consume three to four servings of vegetables daily, the perceived stress drops by 12 per cent. When the subjects took five to seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day, the stress was even reduced by 14 percent compared to subjects who consumed less than three servings a day.

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    Women are more benefited from fruits and vegetables
    When female volunteers consume three to four servings of vegetables daily, stress levels were 18% lower compared to women who consumed no or one serving a day. For participants who consumed fruits and vegetables five or seven times a day, the risk of stress was even reduced by 23 percent.

    Fruit alone does not reduce stress
    According to the researchers, the sole fruit consumption - without vegetables - had no significant association with a lower incidence of stress. In addition, there was no significant difference between very high levels of consumption of fruit and vegetables( more than seven servings per day) and a marked increase in protection against stress, the doctors say.

    Summary of Results
    These results of the study show, in other words, that moderate daily fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with lower rates of mental stress, explains Dr. Melody Ding from the University of Sydney's School of Public Health. The increased consumption of vegetables is also associated with a lower incidence of mental stress. The fruit intake alone does not seem to have a great effect on the mental stress of the people, adds the expert.

    Further research is needed
    Protection against stress is higher in women compared to men participating in the study. This suggests that women benefit more from the consumption of fruits and vegetables, says author Binh Nguyen from the University of Sydney. Further studies should be carried out in order to investigate the effects more closely, according to the researchers

    Consumption of fruits and vegetables protects against depression
    The new findings of the study are consistent with numerous cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. These had already revealed that the consumption of fruits and vegetables is combined together and separated with a lower risk of depression.(as)

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