Americans have to wonder: is poor diet contributing to poor mental health?
Comparing our performance against the Japanese may hold the answer…
Dr. Craig Wilcox has been looking into the Japanese way of life for many years. According to his research, a subgroup of Japanese people living in the lower island of Okinawa “have a lower risk of arterial sclerosis and stomach cancer, very low risk cancers including breast and prostate cancer.”
Moreso, Japanese people have the longest lifespans in the world, with women living an average of 86 years, compared to 79 years for the average American women. The majority of those years are enjoyed in relatively good health, as the Japanese enjoy a low 3% obesity rate compared to a crisis-level 32% for Americans.
- Attention deficit disorders have become a recent epidemic in America. A full 13% of Americans – that more than one out of every eight people – now display symptoms of poor attention or hyperactivity. In other words ADHD.
- In Japan the affected number is closer to one out of every 1000 people.
.1% versus 12%. The numbers are clear: Americans have an attention deficit problem and Japanese do not.
The dietary effect on our brains
Diet helps the brain repair itself. One study found a close connection between depressive symptoms and high levels of free radical damage in the brain among Japanese women.
In 2009, researchers from the University of British Columbia found patients with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia had higher levels of oxidative stress in the brain.
Both of these studies point to a direct impact from diet on the brain’s ability to “normalize itself.”
And in cases where things go awry upstairs, the culprit of poor mental health can be traced back to bad diet practices. Oxidative stress is caused by free radicals in the brain and other body tissues. And free radicals are high in number when people are eating diets full of processed food, without antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients designed to protect cellular damage and provide an internal balance to the body.
Can the Japanese diet improve mental health?
Knowing that only one in 1000 Japanese are affected by attention deficit disorders,
almost certainly so. We know a diet rich in seafood, for example, has a marked effect on concentration.
It remains to be seen whether supplementing in foods commonly found in the Japanese diet will lead to a long-term decline in attention deficit disorders and other mental health problems in the American population. So far, all signs point to yes.
Free webinar: How to build better concentration by following diet Japanese dietary principles
— In this free webinar, ADHD expert Sean Desilva will be reviewing the Japanese diet as a means of ADHD prevention and symptom relief.
— Sean will also discuss the latest findings in focus and concentration research on specific foods that anyone can buy at the grocery store and prepare at home.
— You will also learn recipes for safely and tastefully bringing the brain back into focus.
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