Coronary heart disease is 90% preventable with proper diet and exercise per American Heart Association.
Seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA which along vitamin D help regulate the production, release, and function of serotonin. Social isolation affects the activation of our serotonergic pathways—but omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D 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.
A study in The Journal Bipolar Disorders suggests that individuals with bipolar disorder who adjust their intake of specific fatty acids may experience less variability in their moods.
People who regularly eat fish are 20 percent less likely than their peers to have depression. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association has endorsed the fatty acids in fish as an effective part of depression treatment.
A study that followed 22,071 male physicians over 17 years found that those with the highest blood level of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids compared to those with the lowest blood level had an 80-90% risk reduction in sudden cardiac death.
A Harvard study found that eating approximately one to two 3 oz. servings of fatty fish a week—salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, or sardines—reduces the risk of dying from heart disease by 36 percent.
A scientific advisory released May 2018 from the American Heart Association reaffirms the Association’s recommendation to eat two servings of fish per week.
A study found that older adults who had the highest blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish lived, on average, 2.2 years longer than those with lower levels.
It is important to remember that our daily food choices influence our mental health as much as other self-care such as physical activity, connecting with friends and family, and sleep. And the evidence is strong that seafood is brain food.