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Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2010 Jul;83(1):31-5. doi: 10.1016/j.plefa.2010.02.030. Epub 2010 Mar 5.

Fish consumption, not fatty acid status, is related to quality of life in a healthy population.

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School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNS)/European Graduate School for Neuroscience (EURON), Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. olga.schiepers@np.unimaas.nl

Abstract

Depressive symptoms in the community have a considerable impact on quality of life. Although long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) have frequently been implicated in depressed mood, their relationship with quality of life has scarcely been investigated. This study examined the cross-sectional associations between fish consumption and plasma phospholipid LCPUFA status on the one hand, and quality of life, as measured by the Short Form 36 questionnaire, on the other in a population-based sample. The mental health component of quality of life was not associated with LCPUFA status or fish consumption. Fish consumption showed a positive association with physical well-being, which remained significant after correction for LCPUFA status, suggesting that the relationship between fish consumption and physical well-being is independent of the LCPUFA content of fish. These findings indicate that fish consumption may serve as a proxy for a healthy lifestyle or a favorable nutritional status, which is reflected in better quality of life.

PMID:
20207122
DOI:
10.1016/j.plefa.2010.02.030
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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