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New Discovery About Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Bipolar Disorder

 

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New Discovery About Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Bipolar Disorder

More is being found about how food affects our body. We know that diet can impact Bipolar Disorder but now there is more news about how fatty acids affect Bipolar Disorder.

New research suggests that there is a strong link between omega-3 fatty acids and bipolar disorder. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered to be essential fats, and the human body cannot make them. This means that you must obtain them from your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids play a role in hormone production, cell membranes and other functions.

Researchers analyzed the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in two groups of individuals for their study. One group did not have bipolar disorder and was used as the control while the second group had the disorder. The analysis, published in the journal Bipolar Disorders, reveals that patients who had bipolar disorder also had lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

Researchers also noticed that patients who had extremely low levels of omega-3 fatty acids were more likely to have more serious cases of bipolar disorder. They were more likely to suffer from severe mania, panic and other problems. The scientists are investigating the possibility of increasing omega-3 fatty acids levels to help patients who suffer from mental health issues.

Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in a variety of foods including fish, flax and leafy vegetables. Some of the most popular sources of these essential fats are salmon, sardines, tuna and anchovies. You can also get omega-3 fatty acids from eating walnuts or using soybean oil. In addition, you can find supplements with these essential oils.

Researchers think that increasing the level of omega-3 fatty acids in the body can benefit people with bipolar disorders. Although they are working on more studies to help patients, you can take the first steps by evaluating your diet and talking to your doctor about testing your omega-3 fatty acid levels. You can get a blood test to evaluate your current levels and later adjust your diet or supplement use.

So eat that fish and those nuts to feel better!

 

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    Deb E

    That does not surprise me. I’ve taken Omega 3 FA’s for severe dry eye syndrome and read about so many other benefits. It really pays to get them in your diet or take a supplement.

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      Colleen

      We eat a lot of fish or I would take supplements! I know that increasing your Omega 3 Fatty Acids help with depression also.

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    Amber Ludwig

    Very interesting!! I love my fish oil but mainly to help with my cholesterol!! I didn’t realize it had mental health benefits!! Super neat!

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    Amber B

    Increasing Omega 3s has so many health benefits! I’ve read about omega 3s and depression but it’s most likely important in a variety of mental health issues!

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    Sarah L

    I think Omega 3s are important for everyone. I love fish & eat it often.

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    Karen Glatt

    I think this is good news, but if I do not like fish, I will take the supplements. But I did not know that omega 3 Fatty acids help with bipolar disorder. Thanks for this information.

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      Colleen

      Omega 3 Fish Oil supplements are very good. If you have a problem with fishy taste, freeze them and swallow them frozen.

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    Linda Manns Linneman

    This is the first I have heard of this study. So interesting. Thank you so much for sharing

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    BRANDI DAWN

    Very interesting. I have a good friend who suffers from this. I wonder how much Omega3 she ingests. I have seen supplements and also lots of differed food and drinks that are fortified.

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    Angela Stevens

    Very interesting I will try adding some into my diet what can it hurt.

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      Colleen

      Can’t hurt at all!

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    clojo9372

    I am not surprised by this either. I find that many doctors and nutritionists are pushing society to eat more Omega-3 Fatty Acids, so there must be a lot of health benefits to them. Thank you for this information! 🙂

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