Consuming fish as a large portion of your diet seems to have very positive effects on your health as it helps to minimize the effects of depression, a new study revealed.
Scientists believe eating a lot of fish, such as salmon canapes, may help reduce the risk of depression Studies involving more than 150,000 people found that a high fish diet lowers the risk of becoming depressed by around 17 per cent.
For men it was even higher, cutting the likelihood by 20 per cent. Nearly one in five people in Britain suffers from the condition, according to the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Those who were divorced or separated were more likely to have symptoms of mild to moderate mental ill health, with 27 per cent showing signs of the conditions, compared to 20 per cent of those who were single, cohabiting or widowed.
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 said “Higher fish consumption may be beneficial in the primary prevention of depression,” He further said that “Future studies are needed to further investigate whether this association varies according to the type of fish.”
Researchers pooled data from studies published between 2001 and 2014 to assess the strength of the evidence on the link between fish consumption and depression risk.
A significant association emerged between those eating the most fish and a 17 per cent reduction in depression risk compared with those eating the least.
This was found in both cohort and cross-sectional studies, but only for the European studies.
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.