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Eating Fish Fights Depression

Fighting depression during Suicide Prevention Month is an appropriate goal. According to a new research paper published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, fighting depression could be as easy as eating fish.


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The new research reveals that consuming a diet high in fish could be a viable method of fighting the symptoms of depression. The research team gathered together the data from male and female studies. The European data indicates that eating fish results in a 17 percent decrease in the risk of depression as compared to subjects who consume very little if any fish.

Lead author Professor Dongfeng Zhang, with the Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, at the Medical College of Qingdao University, in Shandong, China stated: “Higher fish consumption may be beneficial in the primary prevention of depression.”

Their research also revealed that the numerous studies the investigative team “reviewed indicated that high fish consumption can reduce the incidence of depression, which may indicate a potential causal relationship between fish consumption and depression.”

Study author Fang Li, also from the Medical College of Qingdao University, adds: “This might (be) because a smaller number of participants cannot reach statistical significance easily.” Li also reported that they discovered a slightly more significant between a diet high in fish and a reduced risk of depression in males.

The research team also report 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.”

They conclude that this newly-published study is but the beginning and they believe additional work should be done regarding the benefits and connections. “Future studies are needed to further investigate whether this association varies according to the type of fish.”

Eating Fish Fights Depression

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