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Suicide prevention: Eat more fish?

Fresh shrimp stands ready to be purchased at Desporte & Son’s Seafood on Friday in Biloxi, Miss. The store estimated that business doubled as residents hurried to purchase shrimp and other local seafood in fear that the oil spilling from a sunken rig will threaten the local seafood industry. The Sun Herald (Amanda McCoy The Sun Herald)
Fresh shrimp stands ready to be purchased at Desporte & Son’s Seafood on Friday in Biloxi, Miss. The store estimated that business doubled as residents hurried to purchase shrimp and other local seafood in fear that the oil spilling from a sunken rig will threaten the local seafood industry. The Sun Herald (Amanda McCoy The Sun Herald)

An intriguing study, released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, found that 800 U.S. military personnel who committed suicide had low omega-3 levels.

Omega-3 is a fatty acid found most commonly in fish and linked to increased heart health and mood improvement.

"A previous placebo-controlled trial demonstrated that 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per day reduced suicidal thinking by 45 percent as well as depression and anxiety scores among individuals with recurrent self-harm," according to an NIH press release.

Would this finding prompt you to eat more fish -- or take fish oil capsules? 

(AP file photo)

 




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