Omega 3 And Depression Archives

Then again maybe not, it all depends

We have written a number of articles about Omega 3 and depression. There is a body of evidence which suggests that people suffering from depression may well benefit from increasing the amount of Omega 3 in their diet. The evidence is suggesting that this includes other forms of depressive illness such as bipolar disorder.

Unfortunately as is often the case there are no clear and definite answers linking an increase in Omega 3 consumption to a reduction in symptoms of depression. Like many of these things there are a range of studies, some of which support the conclusion and some of which do not.

And of course whilst increasing the intake of Omega 3 in the diet may well help some forms of depression it may well not help others. For instance it may help depression in younger people, or older people, or women, or men. We’re not saying that it does, just demonstrating the difficulties of trying to determine exactly where increasing your Omega 3 intake may benefit you.Does Omega 3 help depression

A new study published only recently, however, has again supported the conclusion that the increasing the amount of Omega 3 essential fatty acids in the diet can have a positive impact on people who are suffering from symptoms of depression.

However it also noted that these results, namely that increases in Omega 3 intake may help improve some depressive symptoms, were found specifically in people who had diagnosed depressive symptoms and who were prescribed antidepressant medications, and that people who were simply more prone to the likelihood of depression, because they had suffered from a heart attack, would not benefit.

As you can see it’s not as simple as trying to demonstrate that increasing your intake of Omega 3 does or does not improve symptoms of depression. It’s much more complicated than that, and unfortunately it’s very difficult to prove one way or the other.

And so our suggestion, in cases like this, is always the same. If you suffer from depression then it is always worth trying Omega 3 supplementation (after consulting your doctor) to see if it works for you. It may or may not work for you, it may or may not work for others, however this is really the only way of finding out.

And even then it’s not a complete answer, because you may well find that after taking Omega 3 supplements for while your depressive symptoms are reduced, but is this due to the Omega 3 fats, or some other factor?

That’s the way medical science advances. One step forward, 2 steps back and eventually we get there, sometimes.


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Any natural anxiety remedy avoids the side effects of drugs, and this has to be good. Could Omega 3 do this?

Anxiety, like depression, is a condition characterised by its ability to seriously damage any sufferer’s enjoyment of life. Anxiety and depression can wreak havoc with your quality of life if you suffer from them.

And like depression there is a range of drugs which can be utilised to treat anxiety, however many have unwanted side-effects.

But are Omega 3 fatty acids a natural anxiety remedy? If so then the side-effects, if any, are so limited as to be pretty much non-existent.

And what evidence is there in support of any suggestion that using Omega 3 essential fatty acids as a natural treatment for anxiety has any effect?

In fact there is considerable evidence. There are a range of studies about the benefits of using Omega 3 for depression, as well as the role of Omega 3 in treating postpartum depression, many of which suggest that Omega 3 supplementation may have a significant role in treating depression.Natural remedy for anxiety

And there is also now new evidence about the specificĀ benefits of using Omega 3 supplements as a natural remedy for anxiety.

A new study which has been published in the journal Brain, Behaviour and Immunity has demonstrated that increasing your intake of fish oil can help reduce the incidence of anxiety.

In the study a group of healthy students were given Omega 3 supplements, and another group were given a placebo. The students were interviewed during the study and blood samples were drawn, as well as a range of tests and surveys were administered to attempt to ascertain their levels of stress, depression and anxiety. The general diet of each student was also monitored.

The results were surprising, and the researchers discovered a notable reduction in anxiety among the students who received the Omega 3 supplements of around 20% compared to the students who were taking the placebo.

The researchers hypothesised that the reason for this result was that as Omega 3 essential fatty acids work effectively as anti-inflammatories they were able to reduce the production of cytokines in the body which actually produce inflammation. Links have been drawn between the production of cytokines in the body, inflammation and psychological stress and anxiety.

Stress and anxiety can be quite debilitating for many people, and there is evidence that stress and anxiety also increase susceptibility to a range of infectious diseases, and so they both carry their own health risks as well.

This study was undertaken on a group of healthy young people who were not showing significant signs of anxiety. The same result might not be achieved with people who were already suffering from anxiety, though this may well be worth studying.

Certainly, if it is true that Omega 3 fatty acids can be an effective natural remedy for anxiety, there should be significant further study undertaken to determine this. This study is a first step in the right direction.

Not only this but, if Omega 3 fatty acids can realistically be a part of an overall treatment strategy for anxiety this may well reduce reliance on other more drug oriented solutions, which is always a good thing.

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There is a clear Omega 3 depression link. Whether Omega 3 cures depression or Bipolar is not entirely clear, but it may well help a lot.

As anyone who has depression will tell you, it’s the worst thing that can happen to you. It puts you on a merry go round of ups and downs, and may well bankrupt you with the cost of all the pharmaceuticals you may well be prescribed.

Does something as simple as Omega 3 help depression? There are now Omega 3 depression studies that are saying it does. In fact there are a number of studies showing that levels of Omega 3 and depression are linked.

As with all these things the link between Omega3 and depression are not yet fully proven, but there is sufficient evidence to strongly suggest that for those suffering from depression taking Omega 3 fish oil supplements may well be worthwhile. At the very least they are very good for many other areas of your overallĀ  health.

The evidence is strong. To quote some of the findings of a recent study:Omega 3 and Depression

“There appears to be a plausible link between rates of seafood consumption and rates of both depression and Bipolar Disorder, with lower seafood consumption being linked to higher rates of depression and Bipolar Disorder.”

And: ” Omega-3 supplementation may have an antidepressant role”.

Work is continually being done on the use of Omega 3 for depression. There are still many more areas to be studied, such as the ratios between Omega 3 fats and Omega 6 fats, and in particular the link between Omega 3 and specific disorders, such as Bipolar Disorder.

It was in the 1990s that studies started to pinpoint a link between depression and Omega 3 fatty acid intake. Studies started to notice a negative correlation between seafood intake and rates of depression. As seafood intake increased rates of depression were lower and vice versa. It seemed that in societies where consumption of seafood was low there was a higher rate of depression.

Unfortunately it takes a long time to establish a link that is sufficiently fully proven. Studies are still underway, and as the results are published more specific recommendations will emerge about what doses of Omega 3 fats to be taken for depression and how an increase in Omega fats will affect current intake of various pharmaceuticals.

However from the evidence now available it would seem for anyone who does suffer from depression there is a powerful reason to be taking daily Omega 3 capsules.

Not only is there a good possibility that they may help your depression, but they are good for your health generally. Omega for depression is an emerging area of study, but there are now clear links between the intake of Omega 3 fats and a reduction in a wide range of health problems, such as heart related health problems.

So if you suffer from depression trying Omega 3 capsules may be one of the best things you could do.

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Is there any reason to increase the intake of Omega 3 fish oils if you have depression?

Depression can be one of the most debilitating conditions you can get. It can have severe consequences for your life, even leading to suicide. There’s many risk factors in depression, and the causes and treatments aren’t fully understood.

Lets have a look at one aspect of depression. The role of Omega 3 fats in depression, and more specifically whether increasing Omega 3 fish oils in the diet can have a role in reducing the incidence of depression.

Over the last 100 years the incidence of depression has skyrocketed. Although it’s not scientific to make the connection, it may be no co incidence that the amounts of Omega 3 in our diets have plummeted.

That’s for a number of reasons. Modern intensive farming practices, for example, have resulted in the reduction of the incidence of Omega 3 in some of our foods, like meat and eggs.Fish Oil and Depression

Depression is 60 times higher in New Zealand, where the average intake of fish is 40 pounds a year, compared to Japan where it’s 150 pounds a year.

None of this proves a link between Omega 3 and depression, but suggests that some studies would be useful.

And these studies are now appearing. For example a study published in the American Journal of Phychiatry in 2006 found that a deficit of Omega 3 may indeed “make an etiological contribution to mood disorders and that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids may provide a therapeutic strategy”.

That’s pretty clear. That isn’t the only study finding that low levels of Omega fats intake may contribute to mood disorders like bipolar, or manic depression.

How could this be? Well, again unscientifically, it’s well known that DHA fats found in Omega 3 fish oils make up over 50% of the brain. And not only that, they also make up a part of the membrane of nerve cells. And that these nerve cells help in brain communication, which is important in good mental health.

But if you suffer from depression then there may be powerful arguments for taking the best Omega 3 supplements you can, because regardless of how much they may improve your depression they will certainly contribute to your overall health.

As with all of these things there is a need for more studies, and the research moves slowly.
We’ll bring you any more studies that come out linking depression with Omega 3 fats.

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