Depression and Diet: Is Meat the Answer?
Eating vegetables makes you healthy, but does it make you happy? Research says maybe
not entirely. A study published in the
Journal of Affective Disorders found
that vegetarian men experience more
depressive symptoms than their
carnivorous counterparts.¹ The study
came about due to limited existing
data on the mental health benefits or
risks of vegetarianism.
Red meat is rich in vitamin B12,
which, among other benefits, is
essential for cell metabolism, red
blood cell formation and potential
mood disturbances. The study’s
researchers believe vegetarians’
By Brooke Schleehauf
higher likelihood of B12 deficiencies
may play a role in their findings.
Researchers analyzed self-reported
data from 9,668 adult male partners
of pregnant women with a range of
dietary habits. Multiple variables
were assessed, including:
• Marital status,
• Employment status, and
• Family history of depression.
Besides red meat, some happiness-inducing foods include others rich in
vitamins B12 or B6, such as clams or
apricots, respectively; those rich in
zinc, such as oysters; and others that
allow the brain to release dopamine
such as natural produce, dairy and
Wellness at Work Leads to Big Benefits
By Lisa Schryver
Healthy work environments make for more productive mployees and financially
prosperous companies, according
to the Global Wellness Institute
(GWI). While this may come as no
surprise to wellness practitioners,
the effects are seen on multiple
levels as more businesses create a
foundation of care.
Regardless of company size, the
building blocks to wellness start
with management and wellness
leadership, according to the GWI.
This is followed by creating a
psychologically and physically safe
environment. See “The Future Looks
Bright” infographic for more.