Veg­gie eaters suf­fer the blues

The Independent on Saturday - - HEALTH -

VEG­E­TAR­I­ANS are more likely to de­velop the win­ter blues than meat eaters, say Dutch re­searchers.

A team from the Uni­ver­sity of Gronin­gen found that veg­e­tar­i­ans in Fin­land were four times more likely to have sea­sonal af­fec­tive dis­or­der (SAD) than meat eaters.

In the Nether­lands, veg­e­tar­i­ans had three times the risk. This may be linked to lower in­takes of vi­ta­min B12, sug­gest the re­searchers in the jour­nal Neu­ropsy­chobi­ol­ogy.

The vi­ta­min is found in an­i­mal prod­ucts, and plays a role in the pro­duc­tion of brain chem­i­cals that af­fect our mood.

SAD causes a low mood that be­gins in the au­tumn and im­proves in the spring and sum­mer. – Daily Mail

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