The "happy brain" food - fish!

by Nathan Natas 6 Replies latest jw friends

  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas

    Fish oil a balm for depression: studies Last Updated Wed, 20 Aug 2003 14:11:12

    BOSTON - Fish oil may contain ingredients to help treat depression, according to new research.

    Scientists in the U.S. say omega-3 fatty acids, present in fish oil, seem to act as an anti-depressant.

    "We've been very impressed by the response rates we've observed," said Dr. David Mischoulon of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Mischoulon oversaw clinical trials using omega-3.

    Scientists first became interested in the fish oil treatment after noticing countries with high fish consumption had the lowest rates of depression.

    One study found mothers in England who ate very little fish during pregnancy doubled their risk of developing postpartum depression.

    Jim LaBonte took part in the Massachusetts study. LaBonte was diagnosed with depression four years ago. He complained Prozac left him with no emotions and stopped taking it.

    LaBonte took the omega-3 fatty acid DHA every day. Within three weeks, he says he noticed a difference. He's now been on it for eight months.

    "I'm fine today. Not only do I not feel as blue, but when (depressed feelings) do come, I am able to handle it."

    Mischoulon says LaBonte's experience is similar to many others undergoing the treatment.

    "It's pretty clear in our minds that these treatments work."

    Mischoulon's is one of several studies around the world looking at the link between fish oil and depression.

    One study discovered that omega-3 fatty acids raised the levels of serotonin, critical to feeling good, in piglets. It had the same effect on the brain as Prozac.

    At Sheffield University, 70 depressed patients were given omega-3. None of them had success with drugs such as Prozac. After 12 weeks, almost 70 per cent of patients showed a marked improvement.

    The studies suggest one gram a day of omega-3 fatty acids can be an effective treatment, whether in the form of a supplement or by eating fish — salmon, tuna, sardines — a few times a week.

    (One gram of fatty acids contains only 9 calories, by the way - it won't kill anyone's diet or make them fat. -NN)

  • Aztec

    Nathan, too bad more people won't listen to me. Sashimi is a wonderful thing:

    Mmmm, getting hungry...


  • NeonMadman

    Augghhh! Please!

    I love fish, but I can't bring myself to do RAW fish...

    (On the thread topic, though, let's see...I've left the WTS, married a woman who actually loves me, as opposed to my ex who treated me like dirt, and I am eating more fish than I used to. I'm much happier now, so, yep, that's it - must be the fish!!)

  • Francois

    I join all who like shushi and shashimi. It's really great stuff. It's the THOUGHT that's keeping you friends from trying it. You should turn of your minds and try it. Perhaps you should stay away from some of the more exotic stuff at first like salmon roe. But you could do shrimp, crab, non-oily fish, etc. It's really, really good. In fact, I'm going on a shushi diet this week to get some of the fat caused by Effexor off me. I'm tired of the neighborhood kids coming over to play "let's find Frank's original chin."

    Frank Tyrrell

  • Elsewhere

    Wow! That's amazing... I love fish!

  • gumby

    Talk to the E-man about fish oil. He got me started on it from a post of his.

    It is good for arthritis, reduces heart attack and stroke probabilities, help ya shit, and other stuff.


    *gumby takes a couple of cod liver oil tabs and runs off to poo poo*

  • Elsewhere

    ** Snicker ***

    He said Poo Poo

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