Posted by Nicole on February 5, 2014
and Mood, Part 2: Omega-3s
fatty acids usually refer to ALA, which is found in plants, and EPA
and DHA, which are found in fish and eggs. These acids are one of the
most important to include in your diet, as they have several positive
benefits for both your ability to process and remember information,
and your ability to regulate your mood.
best way to get Omega-3s in your diet is to actually include the
foods that are rich in them. Fish, flax seed, and egg all have
varying amounts of the acid, and can be simple to add into any meal. For this article, however, we're going to mainly look at how
Omega-3s can help to improve your mood and ward off depression.
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study by a scholar from the University of Pittsburgh showed some
interesting information about people around the age of 45 who were
impulsive, angry, or cynical; they were more likely to have low
levels of EPA. The research showed that people who have higher levels
of Omega-3s in their blood work were less inclined to be depressed,
and less likely to be impulsive as well. Here are a few reasons why
that might be:
that have more omega-3 fatty acids in them have an easier time
making connections between nerves, which could lead to a higher
sense of comfort and dexterity.
levels of omega-3s, on the other hand, has been connected with poor
memory and cognition. It's also been shown that omega-3s can help to
support the development of a child's brain during pregnancy.
increase in omega-3's can also support cardiovascular health, which
can affect blood pressure. High blood pressure is often associated
with both being caused by, and causing, stress in an individual,
along with a tendency to become easily agitated.
Supplements and Diets
all of this in mind, it should come as no surprise that most doctors
will recommend that you increase your omega-3 intake. Supplemental
Omega-3s can do wonders when incorporated into your diet, although
they are still no replacement for adding foods that are high in
omega-3s naturally. Likewise, cutting back on omega-6s, which are
responsible for a hardening of cells, can help as well. The key is to
balance your “leaves,” which are omega-3s, with your “seeds and
grains,” which are your omega-6s.
reason Omega-3s improve mood is their ability to actually improve
your cognitive abilities. Whenever you don't understand a matter
fully, or remember everything, it can lead to frustration or flying
off the handle unnecessarily. More omega-3s in your diet can lead to
a clearer state of mind, and more focus whenever you've got to handle
the task at hand. While they aren't a magical brain boost as some
would claim, Omega-3s do have an important role to play in our
physical, and mental, well being.