Scientists say fish diet could help keep depression away

  • Studies show that fish diet can help get rid of depression
  • Fish is rich in high quality proteins, various essential nutrients and Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Scientists said these are excellent for the brain, the heart and various parts of the body

Scientists believe that eating fish at least twice a week may literally make a person better and help get rid of depression, too.

Basically, fish is rich in high quality proteins, various essential nutrients and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are excellent for the brain, the heart and various other parts of the body.

As proven by studies, omega-3 fatty acids appear to be especially important for mental health and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

An article written by Sarah Knapton on The Telegraph stated that studies involving more than 150,000 people found that a high fish diet lowers the risk of becoming depressed by around 17%. It is even higher for men; cutting the likelihood by 20%.

Based on the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics in Britain, nearly one in five people suffers from the condition.

Study also showed that those who were divorced or separated were more likely to have symptoms of mild to moderate mental ill health; with 27% showing signs of the condition as compared to 20% of those who were single, cohabiting or widowed.

Consuming a diet that is high in fish, however, is said to be an easy way of preventing the symptoms.

Studies have suggested that the omega 3 fatty acids found inside fish may alter the production of the brain chemicals dopamine and serotonin; both of which are thought to be involved in depression.

Professor Dongfeng Zhang, of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, Medical College of Qingdao University, Shandong, China, and lead author of the studies noted that higher fish consumption may be beneficial in the primary prevention of depression.

As such, Zhang stressed that future studies are needed to further investigate whether this association varies according to the type of fish.

More that a decade ago, researchers pooled data from studies to assess the strength of the evidence on the link between fish consumption and depression risk.

Results showed that a significant association emerged between those eating the most fish and a 17% reduction in depression risk compared with those eating the least.

Basing on the earlier results, the authors think that the high quality protein, vitamins, and minerals found in fish may help stave off depression, while eating a lot of fish may be an indicator of a healthy and more nutritious diet.