New studies are showing a link between eating fish or fish oil and reducing the risk of some mental conditions, like depression.
"There were days it was literally a struggle to get out of bed to get a cup of coffee and breakfast. That was so exhausting I would go back to sleep for four or five hours," said Michael Penn, a depression patient.
Michael says his prescription helped but he believes it was fish oil that made the biggest difference. His doctor is among a growing group of scientists who believe the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can help in the fight against depression.
"In certain populations, like in Icelanders, and Japanese folks, and Alaskan Eskimos have higher amounts of omega three fatty acids and have lower incidences of depression no matter what the season," said Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple, a family practitioner.
No one knows how it works but scientists speculate that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may increase seratonin in the brain, which is essential to mental health and it may reduce inflammation in the body, which has been linked to depression.