The British Journal of Psychiatry released an article in April titled “Efficacy of Omega-3 Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acids in the Treatment of Depression.” The study sought to evaluate the efficacy of fish oil in the treatment of major depressive disorder. The researchers found that individuals who supplemented with EPA-predominant omega-3 formulations had clinical benefits.Adequate intakes of omega 3 fatty acids are essential because our body cannot produce them. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fish, grass-fed meats, flax seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds. These essential fatty acids produce anti-inflammatory effects in the body and are needed for the following:
- Healthy brain functioning
- Mood stabilization
- Nerve development
- Optimal cardiovascular functioning
- Adequate micronutrient absorption
It’s important to supplement with high quality omega 3 fatty acids but it’s also necessary to decrease omega 6 fatty acid intake. Omega-6 fats are essential but the average American diet contains 15 times more omega-6s than omega-3s. Too much omega-6 fats can contribute to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes and obesity.Not all omega-3 fatty acid supplements are equal and based on your medical condition, a specific dose and formulation might be more effective. This is why it’s always important to consult with a physician to discuss the most effective use of supplements.