Been down in the dumps? Got the end of summer blues? A new study finds that eating more fish in your diet is likely to lift you out of that depression in a snap.
There are the future looks bleak and you feel so depressed you can’t get out of bed. Days where you don’t go to work or see friends because it is all too much. Depression hurts. It damages careers, relationships, and your own motivation. But a recent study has found that these symptoms can be reduced or kept at bay by the simple addition of a certain food to your diet. Fish.
On the 10th of September, the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health published an article on the effect eating more fish had on people with depression. After pooling 26 studies as well as conducting their own research, over 150,000 people were involved in this experiment. Over several years’ time, the people who ate fish more frequently had a 17 per cent reduced risk of depression-like tendencies than the people who did not eat as much fish.
“People who ate fish more frequently had a 17% reduced risk of depression”
Professor Dongfeng Zhang who conducted the research released a statement to the public that the exact reasons behind the decrease in depression in those subjects who ate fish weren’t but that they have several theories. Fish is rich in the fatty acid (the healthy kind) Omega 3. Omega 3 has been previously observed to have an effect on neurotransmitters in the brain such as dopamine and serotonin which control happiness and emotional stability.
While the precise reasons why this works are unknown, the simple act adding more fish to your diet to prevent depression can’t hurt. So…maybe fish and chips isn’t that bad for you after all.