Lettuce Be Happy!

OK – we couldn’t stop ourselves!  Don’t worry, we’ll stick to our day job of formulating game-changing products and leave the puns to someone else!

But did you know there is in fact a link between the consumption of fruits and vegetables and mental and subjective well-being?

In short, those who consume more fruit and vegetables report better psychological well-being than those who do not!  

When we look at data, we want to look at how good the science is.  We want to know how long the data was collected for, and how it was done, we also want to know how many people were involved.  

All things considered, fruit and vegetable consumption seemingly enhances well-being.  It also doesn’t diminish even when consumption is in excess of the recommended 5 portions per day.

But how?

Well, there are a few mechanisms by which this can occur:

One possible mechanism is through the antioxidant properties of Vitamin C and E, for example.  This helps to manage the body’s levels of oxidative stress and subsequently lower inflammatory markers which have been associated with depressive mood.  

Not only that but B-Vitamins play a role in mitochondrial function and therefore dysfunction.  Flashback to biology in school and you’ll remember that the mitochondria are the power plants of the cell – but mitochondrial dysfunction is also associated with stress and anxiety as well!

Many fruits and vegetables are fibre rich too.  Fibre is what the (good) bugs in our gut adore!  As they ferment the fibre, they produce metabolites which talk to our brain and ultimately affect how we feel and behave.  This mechanism is known as the gut-brain axis.

Not only that, but when we fill up on fibre rich foods, we may be less likely to consume other food products, which could in fact be of detriment to our mood and well-being.      

The problem?

Many of us aren’t getting even the recommended 5 portions a day.    

So, join the Fivaday gang and get as much fruit and veg in your diet as possible!  

And if you’re looking for an antioxidant boost, then head on over to the shop to grab your Fivaday.