Written by James Miklos, Ph.D.
There have been numerous studies in recent years where Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, can naturally ease or possibly eliminate depression.
Past studies have revealed that people who lived in countries where large quantities of fish were consumed, the rate of depression was lower than those countries that consumed only small amounts of fish.
In one study where patients with bipolar disorder were observed, found that those that who were in the non-placebo group who had taken the fish oil capsules that 13 out of the 15 people who had taken the fish oil were no longer in depression.
There have been other studies showing that omega-3 fatty acids may relieve depression for many people and the result is that some psychiatrists are now recommending to their depressed patients to consume these fatty acids daily.
Alongside the alleviation of depression, omega-3 fatty acids also have shown marked improvement in cardiovascular health, possible prevention of cancers, and the reduction of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Omega-3 fatty acids have also shown evidences that it aids in baby and children’s brain development as well as improving brain elasticity in adults.
Some cautions are also in order. If your digestion is not functioning well then much of the benefits can be lost as well as creating some abdominal dyspepsia, gas, and possible indigestion. Digestive issues should first be treated by natural means and then taking the omega-3 fatty acids can prove to be beneficial with marked results. Another issue to consider is the high levels of mercury in fish and in some fish oils, so consider eating fish not more than once a week and smaller fish at that and the quality of the omega-3 supplements that you are considering on taking.
The source of fish oils needs to be considered so that you get the best quality of omega-3 for your health that is available. Not all fish oils are created equal, there are many that are rancid within the capsule, over processed, contain other toxins including heavy metals like mercury. I always recommend Genestra Brand of omega-3 essential fatty acids due to their quality of harvesting, processing, and testing that brings to your body a fish oil that will be of substantial benefit to you.
Who should take omega-3s? Everyone, especially those that are depressed, pregnant women, and children. This will insure health to those who need it the most.
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