Eating Fish Found To Reduce Risk Of Depression

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Written by: Kirsten Cowart

If you are a seafood lover, then here is another benefit that comes from eating a good amount of high-quality fish.  

Researchers from China did an analysis of 26 different studies involving more than 150,000 people and discovered that higher fish intake was linked with a reduced risk of having depression.  

The research also revealed a slightly stronger association between high fish consumption and depression. They found a 20% lower depression risk in men and 16% in women who consumed large amounts of fish.  

Why Does It Work?

Researchers admit that they aren’t certain why eating high amounts of fish is associated with reduced risks of depression, but they suspect it has to do with omega-3 fatty acids, which are commonly found in fish.

Omega-3 fatty acids help your body reduce its level of triglycerides or fat in the bloodstream. Healthy elimination of these fats will help with weight loss, which helps with overall health.

These healthy omegas help the brain’s many functions including thinking, remembering and learning. When your brain is working well, you tend to have overall better mental health.

The researchers believe that the omega-3 fatty acids alter the microstructure of the brain and may modify the activity of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.  Serotonin and dopamine levels have long been suspected to be a factor in depression.  

Serotonin is a chemical your body produces that helps the brain cells and other cells in the nervous system communicate with each other. Having a low amount of serotonin is commonly linked with depression.  

Dopamine is another neurotransmitting chemical in the body that helps with blood flow, heart and brain health. It is commonly linked to feeling good when something you like happens. If eating fish is helping your body have the ability to feel better, then it makes sense why it is linked to alleviating depression.  

Is Eating Fish A Sign Of An Overall Good Diet?

Researchers from the study say that high-quality protein, minerals and vitamins may have an effect on depression. They also suggest that having a high fish consumption may be a sign of an overall healthier diet and better nutritional status, which could help reduce and prevent depression.  

So, when you eat fish, make sure that it is a high-quality addition to your nutritious diet and you may start helping prevent depression in yourself and your family.

What do you do to reduce depression? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

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Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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