Mar
05

Fish Oil for Mental Health

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We often think of medication and therapy as the two main approaches to treating mental health symptoms, but I’m a strong believer in the wellness approach that also recognizes the influence of lifestyle factors such as diet, supplements, social support, spirituality and other factors.

I’ve happened across more information about the benefits of fish oil recently, this time not just about mood benefits, but also its effects of psychotic disorders.  It appears that Omega 3 Fatty Acids are important for neuron cell structure and are highly concentrated in the brain.  Here are a few of interesting articles on the topic.

Fish Oil to Treat Depression?

Omega-3’s may have an affect on serotonin levels.
WebMD Feature

Dave thinks a lot about fish these days. Study after study has suggested benefits for omega-3 fatty acids, which are plentiful in certain fish oils. But what intrigues Dave isn’t that omega-3’s might reduce his risk of heart attack, or ease the pain of arthritis. He’s hoping to lubricate his mind.

A handful of small studies have suggested that omega-3 fatty acids can help smooth out the mood swings of bipolar disorder. There are few effective treatments against the disease, so the news is a hot topic now at support groups for manic-depressives, like the Berkeley, CA, group in which Dave participates.

Continue reading on Web MD – Fish Oil to Treat Depression

Fish Oil for Psychotic Disorders

This report says that fish oil can help with psychotic disorders as well.

Taking a daily fish oil capsule can stave off mental illness in those at highest risk, trial findings suggest.  A three-month course of the supplement appeared to be as effective as drugs, cutting the rate of psychotic illness like schizophrenia by a quarter.The researchers believe it is the omega-3 in fish oil – already hailed for promoting healthy hearts – that has beneficial effects in the brain.  A “natural” remedy would be welcomed, Archives of General Psychiatry says.  “The finding that treatment with a natural substance may prevent, or at least delay, the onset of psychotic disorder gives hope that there may be alternatives to antipsychotic drugs,” the study authors said.

Continue reading on BBC News – Fish oil supplements ‘beat psychotic mental illness’.

More Links

Here are a few more links you might like to check out to read more about the mental health benefits of fish oil.

Fish Oil Helps Treat Depression – ABC News

Fish Oil Depression — Omega-3 Fatty acids – Real Depression Help

Omega-3 Fatty Acids –PsychEducation.org

Why Not?

And all this is in addition to the multiple physical benefits of fish oil… heart health, skin, joints.  So why not take it?  I personally take and recommend Nature Made odorless liquid softgels (1200mg per day).

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park, IL (60477);  near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort.  Click here for more about Anda Jines MS LCPC.

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