There Is Something Fishy About My Depression Treatment.
Did you know that eating fish can help you be less depressed?
More and more research evidence is
confirming that omega-3 fatty acids help
prevent depression and can be used to treat depression. These include EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA(docosahexaenoic acid).
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in several kinds of fish including salmon, sardines and tuna. They are also found in flax seed.
No one knows how these fatty acids help depression but there is little doubt of their effectiveness. On March 11 an article published by the Baltimore Sun cited research that strongly supported this fact. Fatty acids seem to help major depression, bipolar depression, seasonal affective disorder and postpartum depression.
And the news gets even better. Omega-3 fatty acids do more that just help depression...they reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, help in autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, reduce cardiac arrhythmias, aid healthy brain functioning, and are necessary for the development of the spinal cord, brain and retina in infants.
Thus, you can help your depression and benefit your health by increasing the amount of fish that you eat. You can also get omega-3 fatty acid supplements.
The American Heart Association recommends that you eat fish at least twice a week. Taking at least 1 gram a day of supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids is recommended for those who have heart disease.
To learn more about what you can do to cope with and overcome depression click here.
Source: Foreman, Judy. Be healthy, be happy - put fish in your diet. March 11, 2005. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/health/bal-hs.foreman11mar11,1,6730805.story?coll=bal-health-headlines&ctrack=2&cset=true