by Nancy Kearnan, Registered Counsellor

Can Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve Your Mental Health?

After observing that countries where people eat large amounts of fish have lower rates of depression, scientists conducted studies to find out whether fish oils like Omega-3s can actually help to improve mental health.

They have found evidence that Two omega-3 fatty acids — eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — are thought to have the most potential for benefit. 

Positive results have been found in the reduction of:  

  • depressive and anxiety symptoms 
  • ADHD symptoms (particularly in children) 
  • Postpartum depressive symptoms 

Studies indicate that a dosage between 1 to 2g daily of these omega 3s is recommended and appear to have few side effects or safety concerns.  However, as with any medication or supplement, check with your doctor before starting on anything.  

Source: Harvard Health 

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