ISLAMABAD: The higher an individual’s fruit and vegetable intake the lower the chance of their having low mental well-being.
According to researchers the more portions of fruits and vegetables you take in a day, the better are your chances of improving mental well-being along with your physical health, Health news reported.
The research involved 14,000 participants in Britain aged 16 or over, 56 per cent of them females and 44 percent males.
They found that 33.5 per cent of respondents with high mental well-being ate five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day, compared with only 6.8 percent who ate less than one portion.
While 31.4 per cent of those with high mental well-being ate three-four portions and 28.4 percent ate one-two.
“Fruit and vegetable intake may play a potential role as a driver, not just of physical, but also of mental well-being in the general population,” researchers added.
Low mental well-being is strongly linked to mental illness and mental health problems, but high mental well-being is more than the absence of symptoms or illness it is a state in which people feel good and function well.
Optimism, happiness, self-esteem, resilience and good relationships are all part of this state.