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5 Foods for Fighting Depression

"A major nutritional deficiency of people with depression is in omega-3 fats, which help decrease inflammation and improve mood regulation," says Taz Bhatia, MD, integrative health expert at the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine. 

In a May 2014 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found those who ate fish two or more times per week had a 25 percent lower chance of developing depression. 
"We think omega-3 fatty acids found in fish such as fresh salmon, tuna and sardines might be what are protecting women against depression," says study co-author Kylie Smith, post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Tasmania in Australia. "It's been suggested that the omega-3s may change the composition of cell membranes or the function of their proteins."


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