In a recently published article, a strong link was made between the consumption of transfatty acids and an increase in the risk for depression.
In addition, it was found that the use of monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids have a protective effect in lowering the risk of depression.
Essentially, they found that people who had elevated levels of transfatty acids had a 48 per cent increased risk for depression.
Trans fatty acids induce an inflammatory state within the body.
This is why there is such a strong correlation between cardiovascular disease and high intakes of trans fatty acids.
What is interesting, is that the investigators found that elevated trans fatty acids and elevated inflammatory states were common among depressed patients.
Oils such as olive oil and grape seed oil have a compound called bioactive polyphenols.
These compounds have a great capacity for anti-inflammatory behavior.
This investigation began as early as 1999 with a sample population of over 12,000 people.
None of the participants in the study had previously been diagnosed with depression prior to entry of the study.
Results indicated that 657 new cases of depression are identified over six years.
Those individuals diagnosed with depression consistently have elevated transfatty acid levels.
Interestingly, the individuals who had consumed more of the protective fatty acids had a statistically significantly lower chance for depression.
This is the first study of its kind that looks at the link between mental health and the intake of trans fatty acids.
It is my opinion that this study is a hallmark study, one that has to be paid close attention to.
This is most concerning when one considers just how ever present trans fatty acids are in the North American diet.
Dr. Jacka, one of the researchers in this article stated that America has extremely high levels of trans fatty acids in our day-to-day diet.
The problem with transfatty acids is that it is profoundly pro-inflammatory.
It is safe to assume that the great majority, if not all disease and pathological processes start from that of an inflammatory state.
Trans fatty acids should be avoided at all costs.
When possible, the diet should consist of ‘whole’ foods like nuts, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and high quality meats.
Grape seed oil is an excellent oil to cook with because it is one of the few oils that does not convert to transfatty acid when heated.
In addition, you cannot have an article discussing the importance of healthy oils without mentioning the mandatory need for omega-3 essential fatty acids.
It is necessary for life and you can only get it from your diet.
Garbage in, garbage out. Healthy in, healthy out.
Dr. Markus Thiel is a doctor chiropractic.