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Omega-3 for Mood, Behavior and Mental Health: Resources

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.

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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