Boffins have claimed that cod liver oil might help keep depression at bay. The study that was conducted at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway has come up with the benefits of the major constituents of cod liver oil, omega-3 fatty acids.
The research which involved examining the dietary habits and health of about 22,000 subjects aged 40 and over, showed that people who seldom or never took cod liver oil had higher rates of depression, stress or anxiety.
Nine per cent of the participants who took a spoonful every day were 30 per cent less likely to be subjected to depression. "Daily cod liver oil users were less likely to have high levels of depression," the Daily Mail quoted the researchers, as saying.
Food rich in cod liver oil includes fishes such as trout, salmon and mackerel that are rich in omega-3, walnuts, flaxseed, canola oil, milk, eggs and margarine spreads are also good sources. The findings of the study were published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.