The Truth About Omega 3
by Dave Mcevoy
Since Dr Basant Puri, a consultant psychiatrist and senior lecturer
at London's Imperial College MRI unit, released his findings on Omega
3 and its effect on brain function and depression, many studies have
been performed regarding the beneficial effects of this fatty acid. Studies
over the past two years have consistently confirmed that Omega 3, a substance
lacking in today’s “diet” is a key component in the
brain’s development and proper functioning.
Omega 3 As Part Of A Healthy Diet
Omega 3 is a substance found most commonly in fatty fish such as fresh
salmon, tuna, mackerel, pilchards and sardines. Over the last 100 years
the western diet has shifted radically to include far less fish and thus
the Omega 3 fatty acid. During the same time depression is estimated
to have increased up to 100 fold.
Omega 3 And The Brain
While the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids can be noticed on many levels,
the biggest breakthroughs documented have occurred in improved mental
functions and health. Omega 3 has been reported to be effective in the
treatment of depression. Numerous studies have indicated that during
double-blind tests, patients suffering from depression who take Omega
3 over a placebo report significant benefits.
Omega 3 And The Body
The main reported benefits of Omega 3 for the body occur in the heart.
The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish at least
twice per week in order to reduce the likelihood of heart disease.
Omega 3 Supplements
Any good doctor or nutritionist will tell you that the best way to
get any nutrient is to go right to the source and eat it through the
foods they originate. In the case of Omega 3 this would most likely be
in the form of fatty fish, flaxseed, walnuts, canola oil and soybean
oil. That said, this is not always possible given the average westerner’s
diet and lifestyle. Additionally, for those suffering from sever depression
or using Omega 3 to combat an existing condition, the amount contained
in the foods we eat may not provide enough of this fatty acid. If this
is the case then it is important to know what you are looking for.
Due to the recent developments and study of Omega 3 and all of its
potential health benefits, the majority of studies and information on
it are preliminary and based on smaller test groups. Additional research
is underway and should provide additional insight into how it works and
exactly what its role is in the brain’s functioning and development.
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