Lift Your Mood with this Super Food

Want to reduce your likelihood of heart disease, depression, and reduce your inflammation all with one super food?  Try eating more salmon!

With its mighty duo of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids - eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), salmon (or fish oil supplements) may be the most potent naturally occurring mood enhancer around.  Several studies have shown a greater occurrence of depression in subjects with lower plasma levels of omega-3s.  In countries with the highest intake of omega-3s, depression rates are 60x lower than in countries with the lowest intakes.  In addition, proinflammatory cytokine production (body inflammation) is greater with high omega-6/omega-3 ratios.

All this adds up to suggest a strong connection between omega-3s, health, and mood.  Try working 3 ounces of oily fish into your diet at least twice per week, and talk to your doctor about supplementing with fish oil.