Dr Joseph R. Hibbeln

Joe Hibbeln: Two meals and a brainDr Joseph R. Hibbeln is Acting Chief, Section of Nutritional Neurosciences in the Laboratory of Membrane Biophysics & Biochemistry at the US Government National Institutes of Health. His areas of research include the positive role for Omega-3 fatty acids in depressive and aggressive disorders and the benefits of fish consumption during pregnancy in supporting higher IQ and more optimal social behaviours among children. His 2007 Lancet paper finding that the benefits of seafood consumption during pregnancy outweigh the risks of typical methyl mercury exposure has stimulated the US Food & Drug Administration’s evaluation to reassess their 2004 advisoryto limit fish intakeHe has also conducted cross-national comparisons of seafood consumption in relation to psychiatric illnesses. Dr. Hibbeln originated the field of omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies in affective disorders contributing more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers. His numerous honors include the T.L Cleave Award from the McCarrison Society, London, USPHS Outstanding Service Metal, three Crisis Response Awards USPHS, the Gerald Klerman, Independent Investigator and Young Investigator awards from NARSAD and Eagle Scout, BSA.  University of Chicago: BA with special honors 1983, University of Illinois at Chicago: M.D, 1988, UCLA: Residency, 1992.  He is board certified physician in psychiatry and serves as a Captain in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS).


  • Seafood: Natures Anti-Depressant: Part 1
    An overwhelming accumulation of data support the hypothesis that deficiencies in Omega-3 (“fish oils”) and other long-chain fatty acids impair brain composition and therefore increase the risk of depression, schizophrenia, violence and suicide.

    Omega-3s (“fish oils”) are at least as effective as anti-depressants, and may be more effective than anti-depressants, but of course the side effects profile is completely beneficial to other aspects of health.

  • Seafood: Natures Anti-Depressant: Part 2
    The food you eat becomes your brain. Make a decision about whether you want your children’s brains to be made of pure and healthy natural oils from marine sources or whether you want your children’s brains to be made of the junk oils from junk foods.