January 25, 2010
New depression treatment a safe one
Two researchers from the National Institutes of Health,
Joseph Hibbeln and Norman Salem, have spent years studying
the links between EFAs and depression.
One finding that prompted their research in this area is
the fact that people who eat a lot of fish (which are a
natural source of omega-3 fatty acids) have low rates of
depression. For example, in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan,
fish consumption is high and the depression rate is low.
The traditional Japanese diet contains about 15 times more
omega-3 fatty acids than the American diet, and Japanese
people have one-tenth the rate of depression of Americans.
Coincidence? I think not.
And get this...
The very lowest rates of depression in Japan are found in
fishing villages, where omega-3 loaded fish are aplenty.
In 1995 a team of psychiatrists interviewed ALL of the
older residents living in a Japanese fishing community and
did not find one single case of clinical depression.
Not a single one.
The balance of EFAs in the diet also seems to be a factor
in the severity of depression.
Australian depression patients whose blood was high in
omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3s were far more
likely to be severely depressed than those who had a
closer, more equal balance of the two.
And as far as Americans go, over the past 50 years we've
been eating more and more omega-6 fatty acids (thanks to
processed foods and our meat supply) and less and less
During that same time period, we've seen an alarming rise
in the rate of depression. People born after 1945 are 20
times more likely to be depressed than people born before
Eat fish and be merry
Research is being conducted that looks extremely promising
for alleviating depression with omega-3 EFAs.
One of the first American physicians to treat depressed
patients with omega-3s is Donald Rudin, former director of
the Department of Molecular Biology at the Eastern
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute.
Rudin conducted an experiment where he gave omega-3
supplements to 44 patients with mental disorders. Within 2
hours of taking the supplements, he noted that the mood was
improved and depression lifted in some of the patients.
Within 6-8 weeks of supplementation, the majority of his
patients slept better, had more energy and felt much less
anxious and depressed.
And here's the rest of the story
When Dr. Rudin switched the patients over to supplements
high in omega-6 EFAs instead, or took them off supplements
altogether, their symptoms returned.
Similar research continues to be conducted all over the
world, but the evidence strongly suggests a link between
depression and imbalanced omega-6 and omega-3 EFAs.
Help in alleviating or preventing depression is yet
another great reason to be sure your omega-6 to omega-3
fatty acid balance is where it should be.
VitalMega-3 by Blue Rock Holistics can help you achieve
this vital balance.
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These small fish contain the ocean's highest natural oil
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