Good Fats for Good Moods?

The two may be related, according to the latest research.  Several recent studies, summarized in the January 2012 issue of Today’s Dietitian, have suggested that diets rich in the heart-healthy, omega-3 fats, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) , may improve mood and depression symptoms and certain aspects of bipolar disorder.  Although the mechanisms are not completely clear, DHA seems to work as a part of the neuron’s cell membrane, and EPA may reduce inflammatory processes in the brain.

Looking for good sources of these fats?  Fatty, cold-water fish, like salmon, halibut, sardines, tuna and herring, are a great choice, and some foods are also supplemented with omega-3s.  The American Heart Association recommends two servings of fatty, cold-water fish per week for a healthy heart, and now, your brain may thank you, too!

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