Certain foods could ease depression

The food we eat could have a direct impact on how our brain functions, a new study has suggested.

Scientists from the University of California came to this conclusion after completing research suggesting that yoghurt can ease the symptoms of depression.

According to dailymail.co.uk, they came to this conclusion by feeding a sample group of women different types of yoghurt, measuring the activity in parts of the brain which handle emotion both before and after the trial.

It was found that activity levels in these parts of the brain were dramatically reduced in those who were fed probiotic yoghurt, compared to those who ate other types of yoghurt or no dairy at all.

Such research could be key to finding aids for mental health diseases like depression and could therefore be of great interest to counsellors or people considering a counselling career.

Discussing the impact of the research, lead author Kirsten Tillisch suggested that the phrase "you are what you eat" could soon be taken a lot more seriously.

She told newstrackindia.com: "Our findings indicate that some of the contents of yoghurt may actually change the way our brain responds to the environment.

"Time and time again, we hear from patients that they never felt depressed or anxious until they started experiencing problems with their gut. Our study shows that the gut-brain connection is a two-way street."