Depression Help:
Omega 3 Fatty Acids Help Depression

Omega 3 fatty acids are crucial for brain development and essential in the fight against depression. (1)Scientific studies from the National Institutes of Health have linked the decline of Omega 3 consumption in the past century to the increase in depression cases.

Another significant depression help finding is that (1)there are lower rates of depression in societies that consume large amounts of fish.

The main source for Omega 3 fatty acids are fish. No other foods match the amount of Omega 3 that fish provide.

For your depression self help diet, if you don't eat fish, you can also obtain Omega 3 in over-the-counter products.

The following list contains a list of fish and the mounts of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Fish Serving Size Amount of Omega-3 Fat
Atlantic Salmon or Herring 3 ounces cooked 1.9 grams
Blue Fin Tuna 3 ounces cooked 1.5 grams
Sardines, canned 3 oz. in tomato sauce 1.5 grams
Anchovies, canned 2 ounces drained 1.2 grams
Atlantic Mackerel 3 ounces cooked 1.15 grams
Salmon, canned 3 ounces drained 1.0 gram
Swordfish 3 ounces cooked 0.9. gram
Sole, Flounder, Mussels 3 ounces cooked 0.4 gram
Wild Catfish, Crabmeat, Clams 3 ounces cooked/steamed 0.3 gram
Prawns (Jumbo Shrimp) 6 pieces 0.15 gram
Atlantic Cod, Lobster 3 ounces cooked/steamed 0.15 gram
Trout, Orange Roughy 3 ounces cooked <0.1 gram
Tuna, white meat canned 3 ounces drained 0.5 gram

(2) Table retrieved from "The Power of Fish." http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/nutrition/omega3.aspx

What About The Mercury In Fish?

Mercury exists in the environment and tends to accumulate in oceans and streams and converted into methylmercury.

The following quotes an article from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), "What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish." For most people mercury is not a health concern. Large amounts of Methylmercury is harmful to health, especially to unborn and young children. Large fish tend to have large amounts of mercury and should be avoided, especially shark, swordfish, tilefish, and King mackerel.

Pregnant and lactating women can still safely eat 12 ounces/week of fish that are not high in mercury, including shellfish, canned fish (choose canned LIGHT tuna, which has lowest amount of mercury of canned tuna), smaller ocean fish, and farm-raised fish.

  • Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.

  • Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish.
  • Another commonly eaten fish, albacore ("white") tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna. So, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, you may eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.

  • Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas.

    If no advice is available, eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) per week of fish you catch from local waters, but don't consume any other fish during that week.

    Follow these same recommendations when feeding fish and shellfish to your young child, but serve smaller portions.

So there you have it. Some excellent information about Omega 3 fatty acids, the food sources such as fish and the recommendations for consumption.

Eat well, live well, live happy and depression free.



REFERENCES:

(1) DHA and Depression-Studies. Retrieved 31 Jan 2011 from The Franklin Institute website. http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/fats.html
(2) "The Power of Fish." Retrieved on 31 Jan 2011 from Cleveland clinic website. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/nutrition/omega3.aspx
(3) "What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish." Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved 31 Jan 2011. http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm110591.htm


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