More Evidence Omega-3s Improve Your Mental Health

In just another case of what you eat contributing mightily to your better mental health, researchers are warming up to a philosophy I've shared with you on my Web site for a long time: The natural components of foods, can work just as well as antipressants, and without the toxic side effects.

Scientists placed rats in a tank of water, forcing them to swim. Soon afterward, the rats began to float, realizing swimming was futile, a clear sign of depression. Later on, the rats were given an antidepressant and started swimming. However, combined doses of omega-3 fatty acids and uridine (an important natural element in mother's milk) were just as effective as antidepressants.

How do these natural components work? The same way an antidepressant does: By "feeding" the mitochondria in the brain.

This new study is merely one of many recent studies that have demonstrated the beneficial value of omega-3 fats in treating depression.

By far, the best type of omega-3 fats is the kind found in fish which is high in two fatty acids crucial to human health: DHA and EPA. Since we have contaminated the world's oceans with mercury and PCBs, eating fish to obtain EPA and DHA has not become a practical option for most of us, so the regular consumption of a high quality fish or cod liver oil is the only practical option to stay healthy, with all of the amazing benefits that these omega-3 fats provide.

Biological Psychiatry Volume 57, Issue 4, February 15, 2005, Pages 343-350

Yahoo News February 10, 2005

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