Are Omega 3 Fatty Acids An Effective Natural Remedy for Anxiety?
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.
And there is also now new evidence about the specific 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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