It is often said you are what you eat, and those of you that follow my blog will already know that I am a firm believer in using food as medicine – and that includes using it as an anti-depressant.
Some foods are particularly good at keeping your moods balanced and your thoughts positive.
If you think that sounds a bit odd, just think of it this way. Your brain is, in effect controlling, your hormones and your thoughts. These two things are the main factors in causing depression. By eating foods that support your brain chemistry and give it a regular supply of the nutrients it needs, you are keeping it healthy. This means that it can properly regulate your hormones and ensure that a regular supply of ‘happy hormones’ like serotonin are being produced.
The food I want to highlight today is Mackerel
Mackerel and Sardines are among a type of fish, known as oily fish, which can help prevent depression.
Oily fish contain omega-3 fatty acids which have antidepressant and anti inflammatory properties.
Recent studies have shown that new onset depression can be significantly reduced just by eating mackerel twice a week or by taking a supplement if you really can’t face eating the fish.
It has other benefits as well. Omega-3 is thought to help with joint pain and stiffness as well as being touted as an aid to learning and concentration.
So keep young, healthy, supple, clever and happy with these amazing little fish.
I know what I’m having for dinner tonight.