Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Omega 3 and the link to depression
Extensive research indicates that Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent risk factors associated with chronic illnesses. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and are particularly important for cognitive and behavioural functions.
Symptoms of a Omega-3 deficiency are; fatigue, dry skin, heart problems, poor circulation, mood swings and or depression. It is essential to maintain a balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, as the two work together. To maintain a healthy balance one should consume 2-4 times as much Omega-6 fatty acids as Omega-3.
Depression is an complex illness and in many cases there is no psychological factor like a life stressor or genetic failure in the brain that causes the illness. In that case cognitive and or nutritional influences may result in mood swings and or depression in a person. As research continues in this area, it has become that neuro-biology, environment, life stressors, genetics and also a deficiency in nutrients may all contribute that a person feels depressed.
A number of studies have found a lower Omega-3 count in the blood of depressed people. To find out whether you have a deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids, contact your doctor and ask for a blood test. The test will determine the EFA status in the plasma and red blood cells of your blood.
When however a life stressor or past experience are causing you to feel depressed contact a counselor or psychotherapist.