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Fights the Blues With Fish

When thinking of food as medicine, we have gotten a little reductive. By trying to find the one active ingredient that makes a food healthy, we have forgotten about the food itself. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have been found to fight inflammation and reduce depression. But popping a fish oil supplement, rather than eating the fish, means you are missing out on the minerals and lean protein fish provide.

Here's another reason to add one to two servings of fish to your weekly menu. In an international breakdown of nutrition and mental health by country, researchers found that as fish consumption went up, depression rates went down. In countries where people eat the most fish — Japan, Thailand, and Hong Kong — the rates of depression were low. Conversely, countries with low fish consumption had higher rates of depression, including the US, New Zealand, and parts of Europe.The secret ingredient is the omega-3s. Rather than taking a supplement, try eating the fish for all the nutrition this lean protein can provide.

Not sure where to start when it comes to cooking with fish? For some tasty, healthy recipes featuring fish and shellfish with high amounts of omega-3s,

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VeeKeeTee VeeKeeTee 8 years
i grew up eating fish every other day, then i started college and all my fish intake was cut off - because i couldn't cook back then. i got really down until i realized what was missing in my diet
username34 username34 8 years
What about Nordic countries with high rates of fish consumption and suicide rates???
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
When I gave up vegetarianism, I personally found after adding fish into my diet that I was less moody/depressed/mood-swingy and also slept a lot better. Plus I forgot how much I loved the light fare that is seafood dishes!
imariec imariec 8 years
Starkist has a new line of frozen foods of marinated fish filets. I just had the lemon one yesterday and it was delicious (except for that one bone I found). Problem is, you had omega 3s and sodium - hmmm.
AZDaisy AZDaisy 8 years
Mmmm I love fish but my mom hates seafood. She's out of town, I'm the woman of the house, guess what I'll be making this week!
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