Friday, October 9, 2009

Omega-3 Depression Help


Can Omega-3 help depression?  

New research on the Mediterranean diet provides further evidence that Omega-3 can indeed help fight depression. 

Oct 8, 2009 the New York Times reported:
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet — packed with fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil and fish — is good for your heart, many studies have found. Now scientists are suggesting the diet may be good for your mental health, too.  A study of over 10,000 Spaniards followed for almost four and half years on average found that those who reported eating a healthy Mediterranean diet at the beginning of the study were about half as likely to develop depression.
This is not surprising news considering that the Mediterranean-style diet is low in Omega 6 fatty acids (pro-inflammatory) and higher in Omega-3 fatty acids (anti-inflammatory).  Rapidly growing research points to effectiveness of Omega-3 fish oils in the treatment of depression.  Just visit pubmed.com and search “omega 3 depression” to reveal hundreds of clinical studies detailing the effectiveness of Omega 3 fatty acids in the treatment of depression.
The Mediterranean-style diet also tends to be low glycemic.

Low glycemic foods do not spike blood sugar and insulin and thus help you stay lean, and provide steady energy and brain focus, and prevent mood swings.  Recovering alcoholics and addicts can benefit from a low-glycemic eating plan (we strongly recommend this health guide & journal for you).
The Mediterranean-style diet is also higher in antioxidants

Antioxidants are also plentiful in Mediterranean-style diet via the fruits, vegetables, and of course red wine…  Never fear, recovering alcoholics can get far more benefit anyway in a power packed supplement called Resveratrol which has just the concentrated antioxidants without the alcohol!
Omega-3 Supplementation

For those of you who do not eat lots of fish daily, or want to be sure you are getting a beneficial amount of Omega-3, you can supplement with Omega-3 fish oils.  Beware the majority of inferior omegas on the market (you get what you pay for), which tend to contain lower amounts of fish oil in each, and which may contain mercury, lead, PCB and other harmful metals. The highest grade omega 3 you can purchase online can be found here.  Enjoy the multitude of benefits from Omega-3 supplementation including help with depression!

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