Affecting an estimated 350 million people, depression has become a major contributing factor to bad health. Traditionally, being cautious of what is going into our body has
been a good prevention method. Although the correlation between fish and the
reduction of depression is still yet to be confirmed, the protein,
vitamins and minerals in fish are found to help with depression in adjusting
the activity of neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin.
"Many studies have
investigated the associations between food consumption and depression risk,"
told Professor Dongfeng Zhang of the Medical College of Qingdao University to
the Daily Mail. "Furthermore, a meta-analysis published recently indicated that
a healthy dietary pattern, characterized by a high intake of fruits,
vegetables, fish and whole grains, was significantly associated with a reduced
risk of depression. However, it is not yet clear which component of the dietary
pattern would be responsible for the protective effect."
The study, which was
published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, analyzed all
research regarding the relationship between fish consumption and depression
over 13 years. The n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in fish may be important
factors in the function of the brain and nerve cells associated to depression.
Although the exact science behind this correlation still further study, new information on
minimizing depression is definitely something to take into consideration.