A burger might cheer you up: Beef is just one food linked to a lower risk of depression, a study finds

A burger might cheer you up: Beef is the only food linked to a lower risk of depression, a study finds

  • Beef was the only food linked to a lower risk of depression in a study of 440,000 Britons
  • Nutrients in beef — including iron and B vitamins — may be to blame
  • Beef could protect by nutrients beneficial in preventing depression

If the thought of a salad makes you morose, the best way to cheer yourself up is to eat a juicy burger, scientists say.

In a study using data from 440,000 Britons, beef was the only food linked to a lower risk of depression.

Nutrients in beef — including iron and B vitamins known to support brain function — may be responsible for the protective effects, researchers reported in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

In a study using data from 440,000 Britons, beef was the only food linked to a lower risk of depression

In a study using data from 440,000 Britons, beef was the only food linked to a lower risk of depression

“This is the first study to report a potential positive causal effect of beef consumption on risk reduction,” said the team of psychiatrists from National Taiwan University, Massachusetts General Hospital and other centers.

“We found that a higher intake of beef may protect against major depressive disorder,” they added.

Researchers looked at data from 440,000 people stored in the UK Biobank database and 45,000 people with depression.

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“This is the first study to report a potential positive causal effect of beef consumption on risk reduction,” said the team of psychiatrists from National Taiwan University, Massachusetts General Hospital and other centers

They examined data on which genes were linked to eating more beef, and then checked whether the same genes were also linked to risk of depression. Non-oily fish has been linked to a higher risk of depressive illness.

How beef might protect isn’t clear, they said, but they added that it contains nutrients that may be beneficial in preventing depression, including zinc, iron, B vitamins and protein.

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Emma Colton

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