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Supplementing your diet with Omega 3 fatty acids can help with feelings of anxiety and depression, and do much for the health of the brain and nervous system.
Scientists believe this has to do with neuroinflammation. There is is a close relationship between chronic inflammation and feelings of anxiety and depression. This type of inflammation is often undetected because it falls below the radar of pain and visible swelling. In the brain, such inflammation affects the signaling between brain cells, which is why it can be so disruptive.
Two omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in the health of the brain. One is EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), the other is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
EPA, on the other hand, is the anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fatty acid that you need to keep neuro inflammation under control. Researchers have observed that people who take a lot of EPA feel less anxious and depressed. You need a continual supply of EPA because the life cycle of this essential fatty acid is low.
The key to Omega 3 supplementation when tapering from psychotropic medication or coping with other stress is to use a product that is high in EPA, and which also has a large amount DHA to to further improve cognitive function. OMEGA 3 PLUS is that product.
Omega 3 EPA/DHA have many other benefits for your body:
• Reduces inflammation and pain in joints.
CAUTION: One of the benefits from Omega 3 supplements is that they can make the blood thinner. But anyone with a bleeding condition or who take anticoagulant drugs should consult with a doctor before taking an Omega 3 supplement.
BRAIN ZAPS are common symptoms during the withdrawal from antidepressant medication. They appear to be caused by neurotransmitter alterations within the brain. Many report that taking Omega 3 in larger dosages (up to six capsules per day) help cut these debilitating withdrawal side effects.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND NEURO INFLAMMATION: Many scientists now believe cause of inflammation of brain cells is an increase in a fatty acid known as arachidonic acid. The body produces inflammatory hormones called eicosanoids from this fatty acid. The result is neuro-inflammation and a disruption of signalling between nerve cells. The reason why drugs such as aspirin work against inflammation in other parts of the body because they inhibit the formation of these eicosanoids. However, these drugs cannot cross the blood brain barrier so are not effective for neuroinflammation. This is because of a self-protecting mechanism of the brain to ensure that toxins in the blood stream don't enter brain cells. A natural solution is to nourish the body with Omega 3. Studies show that people who eat foods with high levels of Omega 3 oils have lower levels of depression. Other studies in children have found that adding Omega 3 fish oil to their diets can improve cognitive function reduce feelings of anxiety or aggression. Yet other research has demonstrated that supplementing the diet with Omega 3 oils may help slow the decline in cognitive function and gradual memory loss. Fish oil also seems to boost the effects of antidepressants, which makes it indispensable for tapering off the drug.
SELECTING THE RIGHT OMEGA 3: There are two forms of Omega 3 oils: EE and TG. The vast majority of the clinical studies on Omega 3 oil (including the National Eye Institute’s AREDS 2 trial now in progress) have used the EE form. There is some difference in their effects. The EE form is more concentrated. It will give you more Omega 3. The uptake is more sustained, it takes slightly longer for the body to metabolize EE, but the effects last longer. This is why we have chosen this type for the OMEGA 3 PLUS product.
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