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Pork meat and mental health: intelligent food

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Dr. Reina García Closas, qualified in Medicine and Surgery, specialising in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, in Nutrition and Food Science and in Epidemiology, offered this interesting interview in which she explained that eating pork meat forms part of intelligent eating.

Food and diet are related with the state of health and the risks of developing many pathologies. This applies to both physical pathologies and mental pathologies. Some dietary patterns, such as the Mediterranean diet, are based on components which have are associated with reducing the risks of certain illnesses, including some mental pathologies.

Pork meat is important in a balanced diet

In the context of a balanced diet, pork meat plays an important role for its nutritive quality and high content in micronutrients and vitamins

Among the vitamins supplied by pork meat are B12, B1 and B6. Vitamin B12 is one of the most abundant in pork, but does not exist in vegetables, considered as a basic source of vitamins. A portion of pork covers 100% of the recommended daily allowance for this micronutrient.

Clinical studies show that patients with depression have low concentrations of zinc. And zinc deficiency can cause resistance to treatment. With just a slice of pork tenderloin (125g) we can supply 30% of the recommended daily allowance of this mineral.

Depression and Alzheimer are mental alterations of great prevalence today, and diet is a tool for prevention of their appearance and progress. And the nutritional profile of pork meat, we should not forget, is interesting because it supplies certain nutrients involved in the prevention of these diseases, such as the essential amino acids and group B vitamins. 

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