Eating fish reduces the risk of depression by 17%, a new study concludes.
A fishy diet may aid the mental health of both men and women.
While some recent studies have been inconclusive, this research pooled data from 26 different studies.
Altogether they included 150,278 people.
The study’s authors conclude:
“Higher fish consumption may be beneficial in the primary prevention of depression.
Future studies are needed to further investigate whether this association varies according to the type of fish.”
The researchers, however, did not see the link in studies conducted outside Europe.
Recent research has also found that a high intake of fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains is linked to lower risk of developing depression.
The research was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (Li et al., 2015).
About the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2013) and several ebooks:
- Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion
- The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic
- Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
- Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
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