You know all about the ways in which omega-3, the fatty acids found in foods like salmon, eggs, peanut butter and walnuts, promote heart health.
But did you know that omega-3 has positive effects on mood disorders like major depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and bipolar disorder, too?
Read on to learn more about how omega-3 can reduce symptoms of these mood disorders.
Multiple studies show that omega-3 fatty acid consumption and depression go hand in hand
A Finnish study published in 2001 found a link between infrequent consumption of fish and depression
. A Dutch study published in 2003 then found that people who were depressed and those with depression
had significantly different intakes of omega-3.
In a more recent study published in 2010 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, it was revealed that omega-3 supplements – like fish oil
– were as efficient as conventional antidepressant medications in the treatment of major depression
This group of nutrients is not only the answer to boosting your mood... Preventing Alzheimer's and dementia... It's also 8 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE than an Anti-Depressant!...
Nature’s secret to optimum mental health...
And it’s all thanks to the “Omega 3 Effect”
Protects you from depression and other mood disorders including schizophrenia.
Improves memory and learning. (In fact, studies show kids who take Omega 3 supplements do better at school, score higher in tests and have fewer behavioural issues than those who don’t.)
Fights age-related memory loss and senior moments synonymous with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
And protects against stress-related job burnout.
Omega-3 fatty acids can affect functionality of serotonin, which plays a role in both depression and anxiety
According to Joseph R Hibbeln from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, omega-3 can affect the functionality of serotonin – the neurotransmitter vital for mood, dreams, appetite and flow of thought – which plays an important role in both depression and anxiety
Depression and anxiety have very similar chemical profiles – both mood disorders are characterised by low levels of serotonin. Most people with depression use antidepressant drugs known as SSRIs (selective serotonin re-intake inhibitors), which slow down the speed with which serotonin outside the neurons is broken down and reabsorbed into the cells. Some people with anxiety also take SSRIs.
If omega-3 can reduce symptoms of depression by boosting the functionality of serotonin, it can help keep anxiety at bay, too.
Boosting intake of omega-3 fatty acids – through food sources and supplements – prevents mood disorders
A study published in 2011 on the lack of dietary omega-3 found that these fatty acids prevent mood disorders. Researchers explained that omega-3 is critical to the optimal function of two regions in the brain involved in emotional and motivation regulation: The prefrontal cortex and the nucleus accumbens.
They explained that because a lack of motivation is more prominent in depression than in anxiety, omega-3 may have a greater impact on depression than anxiety.
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