by Kristin Tennison
Much of the nervous system is composed of fat. It stands to reason that the fats and oils you consume can affect your mental health. This is supported by research.
Studies have linked DHA to improved mood and cognition. Earlier studies have associated low omega-3 levels with depression. Research appearing in Biological Psychiatry (1 July 2007; Volume 62, Issue 1, Pages 17-24) looked at the DHA content in the frontal lobes of deceased patients with major depressive disorder (on autopsy) and compared the fatty acid content in deceased patients without depression. The only fatty acid that was significantly different between the two groups was DHA, which was 22% lower in the depressed patients.
Research appearing in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology (2006; 26(6): 661-665) looked at the effect omega-3 fatty acids on anxiety. Twenty-four subjects with a history of substance abuse and anxiety disorders participated in this small, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Over a period of three months the subjects were given either a placebo or a supplement containing EPA and DHA. The group receiving the supplementation progressively scored lower on questionnaires evaluating anxiety. The group receiving the placebo enjoyed no such decline.
According to IMS Health, there are 8,389,034 children aged 17 or younger on psychiatric medication in America (2013). Perhaps dietary change and Omega-3 fatty acids could reduce this number. Twenty children took part in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (2006; 163(6): 1098-100). The subjects were divided into two groups; one group was given omega-3 supplementation (a combination of EPA and DHA) and the second group was given a placebo. The children were evaluated using the Children’s Depression Scale, Children’s Depression Inventory, and Clinical Global Impression at the beginning of the study, and after two, four, 12 and 16 weeks. At the end of the study, seven of the 10 children taking the supplement had at least a 50% improvement in their depression scores. No improvement was seen in the placebo group.
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