Monday, February 15, 2010

Omega-3 is it Important for Treating Depression?

Depression leads to a number of problems such as overeating, insomnia and lack of concentration. In more severe cases, individual may even develop suicidal thoughts. Hence, it is essential to treat depression at the first stage. Individuals suffering with depression consider using a variety of medicines of which, most of them do not give effective results. This article presents an excellent way to combat the effects of depression.

Major requisite to combat depression is to have a healthy
and properly functioning brain. This can be easily attained by having sufficient amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids play role in maintaining a healthy brain by increasing the serotonin levels. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids play role in maintaining the health of nerve cell membranes and to maintain their ability to communicate with other nerve cells. Brain contains a great number of nerve cells. To maintain a healthy brain it is essential to have sufficient amounts of these essential fatty acids. However, they are not synthesized within the body and are to be taken through diet. Poor eating habits increase the risk of suffering with omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Depressed people do not eat properly and are at high risk of developing the deficiency.

Sea foods such as tuna and salmon varieties of fishes are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. If you are a vegetarian, then you can have omega-3 fatty acids through consumption of nuts and by taking supplements. Other foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids include whole grains, fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil and garlic. For effective results, it is essential to have balanced amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Increased consumption of omega-6 fatty acids without having omega-3 fatty acids results in inflammation. Maintain a perfect balance of these fatty acids to maintain perfect overall health. At the same time, it is very dangerous to have increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. Having more than three grams of omega-3 fatty acids per day increases the risk of having hemorrhagic stroke which is manifested as a leakage in the brain due to rupture of an artery.

Having high blood pressure is very common in depressed individuals. Omega-3 fatty acids aid in maintaining blood pressure and in obtaining a faster relief from depression. Research studies have shown that people who include fish in their diet at least twice or thrice a week experience great relief from depression in a period of five years.

Lastly, apart from improving your depression these essential fatty acids help to improve other health conditions such as asthma, ADHD and certain types of cancers. By maintaining optimum cholesterol levels they save you from suffering with heart problems. The best of this sort of remedy for overcoming the effects of depression is that they are free of side effects that are associated with a number of antidepressants. You are not just improving the depression but also your overall health.

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1 komentar:

Alfredo E. said...

Hi All, omega 3 are important fats for the optimal operation of the brain, where is located the highest concentrations of this fats.

By the contrary, omega 6 fats are not only pro inflammatory but we already have too much of them in our diets. We should try to reduce the omega 6 intake and increase the omega 3.

Please,

Best wishes,
Alfredo E.

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