Are you suffering from depression? Not just a little upset because the stock market dropped again or the scale in the bathroom just has to be broken. I am talking about the type of depression that leads to unstable behavior, mood swings, and possible serious results.
It has been found that our western diet could possibly be contributing to these bouts of depression. Our diets consist of high amounts of omega 6 and very low if any amount of omega 3 fatty acids. Did you know that in countries such as Japan and Iceland they fewer cases of depression? The difference is, they eat a lot more fish than people eating a western diet. In Japan the people eat about 147 pounds of fish a year and in Iceland they eat about 225 pounds. I know that is far more fish then I eat. Could our high intake of the omega 6 fatty acids and a very low intake of omega 3 fatty acids be contributing to our depression?
In a study that was focused on people showing signs of depression, samples of blood were taken and tested. It was discovered that people whose blood levels had a higher percentage of omega 6 compared to omega 3 seemed to be experiencing more depression. It is also to be noted that if a person is depressed, they are not going to be as concerned with eating a balanced diet again resulting in a low amount of omega 3. Studies have shown good results in adding omega 3 to their diet. Participants who added it to their diet showed less mood swings and stress. The end result, not nearly as depressed.
You don’t need to overdose to get these results. Taking as little as 1 to 2 grams a day of omega 3 by supplements has been shown to be adequate dosage. You can also get your omega 3 by eating 2 servings of fish a week. They need to be cold water fish and the best one to eat is salmon. If you are pregnant or concerned about the possible mercury content or other toxins in fish, then you can take supplements. Two types of supplements are fish oil and flax seed. They can both be found at your pharmacy or in a health food store.
Don’t take depression lightly. It’s a serious problem. We are not saying that proper amounts of omega 3 in your diet will cure it. You should still be under a doctors care and taking medicines they have prescribed to you. Adding omega 3 as an additional preventive measure will help these medicines work better.
If you are not suffering from depression, then adding proper amounts of omega 3 to your diet may help keep you from developing it.