Cod liver oil, long the symbol of what’s good for you taking bad, may have a reason for a comeback.
Researchers form Norway claim a new study shows that a a spoonful of cod liver oil could reduce the risk of depression by as much as 30%, and seems to work better the longer one takes it.
“The findings indicate that regular use of cod liver oil is negatively associated with high levels of depressive symptoms in the general population.” They conclude after finding that depressive symptoms among cod liver oil users was 2.5%, compared to 3.8% in the rest of the population. The study is published in the Journal of Affective Disorders
Cod liver oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids which is linked to a number of health benefit for mental health, heart health, and cancer.
In the study researchers reviewed the cod liver intake, and other factors which could be related to depression, of 21,800 people aged between 40-49 and 70-74 across Norway between 1997 and 1999
Teaspoons and cod liver oil, back to the future.