This is good news for everyone! A recent research by the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health suggests that consumption of fish such as pollock, tuna, salmon and sardines, will reduce your risk of becoming depressed.
Let’s get to know more about the studies.
In the initial study, it showed that women who regularly consumed fish had a 16% lower risk while men had a 20% lower risk of depression, compared to the people who ate less or no fish at all.
But because it is an observational study, researchers cannot exactly tell why the association exists. But the researchers have a few ideas on how the mood-boosting happens.
For the second study, the 9-trial of bipolar disorder or manic depression, was stopped by researchers after only 4 months, because omega-3s present in fatty fish such as tuna, salmon and sardines were so effective at smoothing out moods.
Other research also suggests that you can reap the mood boosting effects with just two servings of fish per week.
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish can affect the brain, by modifying the levels of serotonin and dopamine. These are neurotransmitters that are involved in depression.
It may also be due to the high quality vitamins, protein and minerals that have a protective effect. Also it may be because fish eaters just tend to eat a healthier diet in general and exercise more. These are factors that are associated with reduced risk of depression.
Not into eating fish? You can eat yogurt, apricots, chocolate and walnuts to lift your spirits.