A new study might have given us even more of an excuse to eat smoked salmon bagels. Like we needed one …

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It's not news that eating our fishy friends is a good idea (hello, Omega-3).

 

But the people behind a new study reckon that getting your mackerel, salmon, sardines and other types of fish might just do more than help you out with shiny hair and boosted brain power.

 

In research conducted by scientists at Qingdao University in China, they analysed 26 studies from the past 15 years, including data from 150,278 people, to show that individuals who ate the most fish were 17% less likely to suffer from depression than those who ate the least. 

 

So has this made the need for further research redundant? Er, not quite. The study's authors say they can't explain why this is the case – though the aforementioned Omegas may help your body produce serotonin, the neurotransmitter that gives us a sense of wellbeing. 

 

So for whatever the reason for 'feeling better' after eating fish is, the evidence to stock up on all that seafoody goodness just keeps on coming. 

 

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Please note this article has been produced for information purposes only and should not be viewed as a replacement for any kind of nutritional advice.