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Getting happy about fish

posted on May 19, 2000


FEELING A LITTLE DOWN? TRY THE HALIBUT!

RESEARCHERS IN FINLAND CLAIM TO HAVE FOUND REDUCED INCIDENCES OF DEPRESSION IN WOMEN WHO CONSUME FISH MORE THAN ONCE PER WEEK.

SCIENTISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KUOPIO (kwô¹py-ô´), SAMPLED MORE THAN 3,000 ADULTS FROM FOUR DIFFERENT PARTS OF FINLAND AND DISCOVERED SIGNS OF DEPRESSION IN 27-PERCENT OF WOMEN WHO WERE FREQUENT FISH CONSUMERS... COMPARED TO A RATE OF 34-PERCENT IN WOMEN WHO ATE FISH MORE INFREQUENTLY.

THE RESEARCHERS CLAIM THE LOWER RATES ARE DUE TO OMEGA-3 POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS. LAST YEAR, OTHER RESEARCHERS FOUND CAPSULES OF THE FATTY ACIDS HELPED IN THE TREATMENT OF MANIC DEPRESSION.

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