Eating fish rich in omega-3 fats – like salmon – just might help us fend off serious blues. A study from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) Hospital reports that very depressed patients had lower omega-3 levels compared with healthy controls and mildly depressed patients.
Why this happens isn’t known; but we do know the brain needs omega-3s to form healthy nerve cells. Some experts believe most American diets – even otherwise healthy diets – just don’t provide enough omega-3s.
How much do we need? Try for 1 or 2 servings of high omega-3 fish a week. Besides salmon (which makes me smile just because I think it’s delicious), other choices include canned white tuna, mackerel, sardines, herring or anchovies.