Mediterranean diet can beat depression

Food affects mood and Australian researchers say the widely lauded Mediterranean diet is proving to be a powerful treatment for major depression.

The association between diet and risk of depression has been known for some time and now the latest research has found a healthy Mediterranean-style diet can reduce depressive symptoms in patients to the point of remission.

Director of Deakin's Food and Mood Centre Professor Felice Jacka says the results of her team's new study, published in BMC Medicine, offers a potential new treatment approach.

"While approximately half of