(pp.111–122) N. A. Khalifa, ‘The effect of Barley Broth (Talbinah) in Management of Depression’, IJFNPH, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2017

International Journal of Food, Nutrition and Public Health (IJFNPH)Nahlaa A. Khalifa
King Abdulaziz University, KSA
E-mail: nkhalefa@kau.edu.sa

Purpose: Depression prevalence and antidepressant medication usage have recently increased. This paper aims to study the effect of Talbinah (barley broth) as a prophetic evidence-based complementary medicine on depression, and to emphasise the importance of combining private and public Medicare in managing depression.
Design: A randomised clinical trial was conducted to determine the effect of Talbinah consumption on depression on a sample of 42 female medical students. Self-administered questionnaires were used. The intervention group was given one serving of Talbinah on a daily basis in addition to their usual diet.
Findings: The depression score decreased in the intervention group (score = 8.69 ± 6.53) compared to the non-intervention group (13.3 ± 8.1), although the difference is insignificant.
Research Limitations: Advanced diagnostic approaches are needed to detect depression. Participants must be in a closed setting to control their food intake. Practical Implications: Public-private Medicare collaboration and using diet in managing depression to reduce the use, cost and the side effects of antidepressant medication.
Originality/Value: The study has significant importance in broadening the scope of giving more attention for managing mental diseases, which come in parallel with sustainable development goal (3): Ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages.
Keywords: Talbinah; depression; barley; complementary; evidence-based; mental
Reference to this paper should be made as follows: N. A. Khalifa (2017) ‘The effect of Barley Broth (Talbinah) in Management of Depression’, Int. J. Food, Nutrition and Public Health, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 111–122.

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