Omega-3 for Mental Health: Articles
Depression, Stress, and Fish Oil
Mental health disorders affect approximately 57.7 million adults in the U.S. every year. Negative side effects associated with psychiatric medication may be one reason why a survey last year discovered that in the year immediately prior, “fewer than 25% of individuals with a mental disorder [from a college-aged population sample] sought treatment.”
Multiple studies support the use of omega-3 fish oil as an alternative option for treatment, especially for mild depression and stress-related illnesses. Perhaps the best part: fish oil is completely natural and has no side effects.
How does omega-3 fish oil help? Currently, the most likely theory regarding this come from scientists at the University of Toyama in Japan, who think that fish oil may help activate serotonergic neurons (or neuropetides), which are partially responsible for controlling your mood, your appetite, and even how much anger you feel. Read More
Nutritional Solutions to Postpartum Depression
Although the reasons why women develop postpartum depression are complex, we do know diet plays a role in relieving the mental anguish associated with this type of depression. Insufficient omega-3 fatty acid reserves during pregnancy have been linked to an increased risk. In fact, a recent study from Bergen concluded that mothers with the lowest omega-3 index had a 19 percent higher risk of developing depression.
As the brain and mood-protecting benefits of omega-3 have been well-documented, it is crucial for mothers to make sure they have an additional intake of these good fatty acids before and after delivering a baby. During the last trimester especially, the fetus sucks the important fatty acids from the mother’s body, putting the mother at risk of being omega-3 deficient. Read More