Depression: you fight at the table with Omega 3, but only if you are a woman

Women who consume fish at least twice a week are less at risk of depression. Thanks to Omega 2, also present in some foods of plant origin

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Depression, one of the most widespread problems in our times, which can be prevented or treated in different ways. We always opt for the more natural ones including a 'healthy nutrition which can provide our body with everything it needs to stay in shape both physically and psychologically. Omega 3 occupies a front row seat among the substances that ensure our well-being.

A study conducted in Australia at the Menzies Institute and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology monitored over 1300 people between the ages of 26 and 36, confirming the benefits of these essential fatty acids especially on the fairer sex. All the participants were given questionnaires in which they had to report the frequency with which they consumed certain foods and within which they also had to report variables related to lifestyle such as smoking, alcohol, physical activity, etc. .

What interested the researchers was see the amount of fish consumed by the participants and understand what association there was with the onset or not of depression. It was thus noted that who ate fish (food rich in Omega 3) at least twice a week and generally followed a healthy diet he saw reduce the risk of depression by 25%. But this benefit was valid only for women.

Because? The answer is not clear even to the researchers. “The interaction between sex hormones and Omega 3 fatty acids could provide a different explanation. Certainly these results add to the growing body of data that fish consumption is a beneficial factor for women's mental health, ”said the Australian researchers.

Other previous studies had already shown how a valid help for depression could be precisely the omega 3 and omega 6 since they help produce Serotonin, the so-called good mood hormone. Green light therefore to fish, if you usually consume it, or to vegetable sources of essential fatty acids such as seeds and linseed oil.


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