It was given to British children as a supplement during the war due to its high vitamin content for its overall health benefits and was a grandmothers favourite today, new research shows that it also combats and reduces depression.
The supplement is:
Cod liver oil - and it works due to high concentration of omega 3 fatty acids, which are a major component of cod liver oil.
Omega 3 has great overall health benefits anyway and is said to help in terms of improving brain power reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes and protecting against other diseases such as cancer.
Now doctors are seeing its benefits to naturally cure depression.
A recent test looked at studying the health benefits of over 20,000 patients over the age of 40 and showed that those patients that rarely or only had marginal omega 3 consumption suffered more from: Depression, stress and anxiety.
Those who consumed cod lever oil regularly, were 30% less likely to suffer from depression.
The test was carried out by Haukland University Hospital - Bergen in Norway.
The conclusion was, that it was the omega 3 component that made the difference between the subjects of the test in terms of their likelihood to suffer the blues.
Getting Sufficient Omega 3
Of course, you can get omega 3 by consuming 3 - 4 portions of oily fish per week such as:
Mackerel, sardines, trout and salmon, but the majority of people simply don't consume enough.
The recommended daily dosage is 0.5 mgs per day and if you don't consume a lot of oily fish, take an omega 3 supplement such as cod liver oil.
You Are What You Eat
You are what you eat and your mental and physical wellbeing is affected by the fuel you give your body.
There are a number of foods you can take that will make you feel better and omega 3 is just one of them, that can help combat depression ( see our other articles for more foods to fight the blues ) and also have a positive affect on overall health.
Another benefit is that a supplement such as cod liver oil can not only provide immense health benefits, but its cheap to.
So if you want to feel better and be healthier, increase your intake of oily fish, to get your omega 3 levels up, or take a supplement such as cod liver oil.
My grandmother used to swear by it and in hindsight she was right - get more omega 3 in your diet and feel the difference.