An apple a day – How eating fruit & vegetables boosts mental health

A variety of fruit

We all know that fruit and vegetables are great fuel for our bodies, but did you know that they’re also great for our mental health?

In recent decades, a wealth of research has shown that fruit and vegetables are good for our physical health and can also play a part in our mental health. Studies have shown that a regular intake of fruit can reduce the risk of developing panic attacks, mood swings, anxiety and depression.

The old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” isn’t too far from the truth!

Some of the benefits of eating fruit are:

  • They are one of the healthiest and natural foods you can eat.
  • They’re packed full of vitamins minerals and antioxidants (and they taste fantastic too!).
  • They are an important source of potassium, vitamin C, dietary fibre and folate (folic acid), which are all essential to the proper functioning of our brains. From reducing depression and anxiety to enhancing our memory and cognitive function, the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables are endless.

To gain the best possible benefits from fruit, it’s important to eat a wide range of them. Eating fruit seasonally also has added benefits and will ensure you get the right mix of nutrients that nature intended for us.

Many studies have shown that eating fruit and vegetables help to reduce depression. It’s no secret that when we eat well, we feel well which is due to the essential nutrients found in fruit and veg that nourish both our body and mind, leaving us feeling healthier and happier. The nutrients found in fruit and veg have a positive impact on our brain chemistry, which in turn influences our mood, memory and cognitive abilities.

While all fruit is great for a healthy mind and body, team these fruits with a balanced diet of good fats, protein and complex carbohydrates and vegetables so your body and mind can perform at their best!

Are you looking to learn new skills and gain knowledge about what we are putting in our bodies and how it can impact our mental health? Here at Step One Charity, we offer a FREE Food and Mood workshop that is tailored to educate people on how certain foods can affect how we feel. 

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