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.