Omega-3s and Mental Health

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Omega-3 and Mental Health

How Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Affect Your Mental Health?

Omega-3 supplements are a popular over-the-counter supplement that are readily available. However, not all Omega-3 supplements are created equal. When choosing a Omega-3 fish oils, be sure that the fish oil contains high levels of DHA and EPA. Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for brain function and development throughout all stages of life. Many studies show that those who take fish oils during pregnancy give birth to children who score higher on tests of intelligence and have better brain function. As we age, studies have shown that individuals with lower EPA and DHA levels are more likely to have a smaller brain size.

Unfortunately, studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids won't improve brain function of those already suffering from Alzheimer's disease. It is best to begin supplementing with fish oil and Omega-3 from childhood. On the other hand, several studies have shown those who have mild memory impairments may have brain and memory improvements from fish oil supplements.

Omega-3 and Depression

There are many studies that illustrate different mechanisms of why Omega-3 supplementation improves depression. The most likely cause is to the anti-inflammatory effects that Omega-3s have. For the most health benefits, be sure that the fish oil contains long chain EPA and DHA.

Omega-3 and Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are a common mental health condition that impacts many individuals in the United States. Symptoms of anxiety include, excessive worrying, feeling agitated, restlessness, and fatigue to name a few. Fortunately, studies have shown that Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids can improve mood and anxiety disorders. For the greatest health benefits, be sure to start supplementing with Omega-3s at a young age.

Omega-3 and Sleep

Looking to improve your sleep without taking melatonin? Try Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids instead! It's suggested that 600mg of Omega-3 DHA will improve children's sleep.

Why do Omega-3s improve sleep?

Sleep issues are associated with poor health. Poor health can manifest as behavioral, cognitive, or both. These same manifestations are associated with deficiencies of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. If Omega-3 fatty acids are supplemented, then it is possible that sleep, behavioral and cognitive health issues may be reduced, improving both children and adult's quality of life.

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine's last blog on Omega-3s will focus on Women's Health and Children.

  • Brain health during Pregnancy and childhood

  • Reduction of ADHD

  • Alleviate Menstrual Pain