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Fish Oil Supports a Good Mood

The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil have a wide variety of health benefits. They are essential fatty acids and are involved in many important processes in the body. The body needs adequate amounts of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the proper ratio. Unfortunately most people consume far more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids, throwing off the ratio. Supplementing with fish oil can help promote a healthy inflammatory response and promote cardiovascular health among many other benefits.

Research shows that consuming adequate omega-3 fatty acids may boost mood and relieve depressive symptoms. Several studies have shown omega-3’s to have a positive effect in people with depressive symptoms. One study even showed that consuming adequate amounts of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA was associated with improved mood and behavior. A meta-analysis of many trials determined that EPA seems to be the omega-3 most responsible for the effects on mood.

Will taking fish oil boost your mood? Well, maybe. For most people probably not, but consuming an inadequate amount of omega-3 fatty acids might be a contributing factor to depression. Getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids from sources such as fish oil should support a good mood and healthy mental function.

 

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2. Rondanelli M, Giacosa A, Opizzi A, Pelucchi C, La Vecchia C, Montorfano G, Negroni M, Berra B, Politi P, & Rizzo AM. (2010). Effect of omega-3 fatty acids supplementation on depressive symptoms and on health-related quality of life in the treatment of elderly women with depression: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 29(1), 55-64.

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