We have known for a long while that omega-3 fatty acids found in many types of oily fish hold numerous benefits for both the body and the brain and this recent research has revealed the benefits could be even further reaching than originally thought.
Kentaro Murakami and his colleagues conducted a study which involved analysing 6,500 Japanese junior high students aged between 12 and 15. Almost a quarter of the male participants exhibited initial symptoms of depression and around a third of the female participants had symptoms. After taking into account various lifestyle factor’s, eating habits and diets etc the researchers found that the less oily fish boys ate, the higher the chances they had symptoms of depression. However the same result was not found to occur within girls.
Additional studies have revealed that fish oil is a major factor in mental health and a study conducted in 1999 and published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that manic depressive patients who took a fish oil supplement experienced overall improvements in their mental health.