Combating loneliness during the cold and lonely months of winter can be difficult, but seafood can help! Research shows the omega-3s found in seafood can support your brain through bouts of loneliness.
Social isolation affects the activation of our serotonergic pathways—but omega-3 fatty acids (specifically EPA and DHA, found in seafood) and vitamin D both have an important role in the actions of these pathways and are thus, critical nutrients for everyone, but especially people who are dealing with loneliness. According to a 2015 review published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, vitamin D, EPA, and DHA all help regulate the production, release, and function of serotonin. To ensure optimal production and use of serotonin, maintaining healthy levels of both vitamin D and omega-3s through choosing seafood is vital.