Does Salmon Cure Anxiety?

by Men’s Fitness Editors


The first guy to pull a fish out of the water must have been at least a little crazy. Who could seriously look at the slimy, scaly, and water-logged product of an underwater hunting experiment and think, “I’m going to eat this?” But the truth is, when man is on a quest to beat his hunger, we will not be denied. Now, countless years after the first aquatic creature fell to our knife and fork, fish is a welcome element to any healthy diet, and salmon is one of the best.


With 48 grams of protein per eight-ounce serving, the pink fillet has become a staple in our diets. It fuels your gains, keeps you lean, and is ready to eat in minutes—the definition of a worryfree meal. But beyond being simple to make, salmon may also cure your woes in other ways. Researchers at Ohio State University discovered that taking 2.5g of omega-3s (or having 12 to 15 ounces of salmon) can reduce stress and anxiety by more than 20%. The study found similar results when diets were laden with other fatty fish or a fish oil supplement.


Our advice: Try to include fish like salmon in your diet at least three times a week, and if you want to up the ante a little? Add oranges into the mix. A study published in Psychopharmacology found that people who ingested vitamin C reported feeling less stressed out, with lower blood pressure levels. So try our easy recipe for Stress-Busting Orange Salmon tonight. (Bonus: Research in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that combining omega-3s with vitamin C may lower your risk of pancreatic cancer by more than 30%, too.)



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