The warm summer months are on their way out once again, and with the weather change comes school, pumpkin spice, and for some, a case of the blues.
Paying a little extra attention to your diet to make sure you’re eating enough fish might just help you shake off the solemn mood, a new study suggests. A recent review of 26 studies, which looked at a total of 150,278 people, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found a correlation between fish intake and risk of depression. In fact, in European populations, they found a 17 percent decreased risk of depression in those who ate the most compared to those who ate the least.
Broken down, the researchers found a 20 percent decrease in risk in men and 16 percent decrease in risk in women when comparing regular fish consumers and those who shunned the seafood. It’s important to note that their findings were observational and, therefore, cannot prove that fish is the direct cause of decreased risk of depression.
The researchers still need to explore whether there’s a particular type of fish that’s best for mental health, but given the lengthy list of health benefits already attributed to the Mediterranean diet staple, it’s still worth adding to your menu in the fall and winter months. Lean fish like tuna are proven excellent sources of filling and fueling protein, while salmon provides essential healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids that boost brainpower.
Add a couple servings of both to your weekly dinner rotation for an overall boost in health and a possible lift in your positive thinking.
Your life just got exponentially better and more stylish now you've signed up for our newsletter. Fabulousness awaits!