Perfect Mood Food

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May 03, 2010

Add another asset to omega-3 fat's resume: bad mood buster. Eating more omega-3 fats may make you less impulsive and prone to depression-and easier to get along with, say researchers from the University of Pittsburgh. They measured the blood levels of omega-3 fats (a reliable indicator of consumption) of 106 healthy adults and gave them psychological tests. Those with the highest omega-3 blood levels scored 49 to 58% better on the tests than those with the lowest blood levels.

Although other studies have linked omega-3 fats to lower depression, this is the first to show possible mood-boosting in healthy people, say the scientists. Experts suggest getting two servings a week of high-omega-3 fish, including sardines, salmon, herring, and mackerel.

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