Food and Mood Tip – Omega 3

The human body requires Omega 3 fatty acids to function properly. The human brain is comprised of 60% fats, and approximately half of that fat is DHA Omega 3. This means that nature intended the human brain to be “powered” by fats. Although it’s not a perfect metaphor, it’s somewhat like trying to run a car without fuel.

Deficiencies in Omega 3 fats have been linked to:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Mood swings
• Bipolar disorder
• Postpartum depression
• Alzheimer’s disease
• ADHD and ADD.

Researchers from institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health have shown some of these conditions will greatly improve with increased Omega 3 fatty acid intake. Other studies have shown that even if you don’t have any of these conditions, memory and focus can improve with consistent use of fish oil supplements.

You can get Omega 3 oils from supplements, or incorporate Omega 3 into your diet, by eating foods such as salmon, walnuts and flax seeds. The recommended dosage varies based on your medical history, and how much of this healthy fat you already consume in your diet. Consult with your doctor to determine if taking Omega 3 is right for you.

The bottom line is that Omega 3 helps your mind function, making it easier to process, understand and recall information. There are also added benefits, such as glowing skin and hair!

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