Cod liver oil 'treats depression', says study –

Cod liver oil ‘treats depression’, says study Published:  13 June, 2007

A spoonful a day could keep depression at bay, say scientists

TAKING a spoonful of cod liver oil a day could stave off depression according to a new Norwegian study.

In a study of almost 22,000 people aged over 40, those who regularly took the oil were less likely to suffer depression than those who did not, BBC News reported.

The study in the Journal of Affective Disorders also suggested the longer one took it, the less depressed one became.

The oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are linked to various benefits.

Children’s brains are said to be boosted by Omega-3s, which have also been claimed to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack and cancer, although some studies have cast doubt on this.

In this latest claim, scientists said a spoonful of cod liver oil could reduce the risk of depression by as much as 30%. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.