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Fish Oil For Mental Health

Fish oil is not only good for the heart and for our overall health, this is also
good for our brain. Fish oil comes from fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring,
sardines and anchovies.  It contains Omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid or
DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA.  These kinds of Omega-3 fatty acids cannot
be produced by the body so it is important to take in food that contain these
kinds of nutrients.

Fish oil is said to improve brain development and memory.  DHA plays a major role
in the structure and development of the brain.  It is also important in developing
vision.  Pregnant womens’ diet should constitute fish oil since DHA is important
for the baby to develop their brain.

According to the research by the University of Western Australia, expectant mothers
who include DHA in their diet are said to give birth to babies with better eye and
hand coordination and less risk of giving birth prematurely.  Their children are
also better speakers and could understand more at the age of two and a half.
Although, if you are pregnant and would like to take fish oil supplement, it is
better to check with your doctor first.  Fish oil is also said to result into bleeding
as a side-effect.

Research and studies showed that adding fish oil to your diet could also reduce
possibilities and risks of mental and psychological disorders like depressive orders,
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s
disease and dementia.

Actually, according to a study by Aberdeen University, they identified that fish oil
can actually increase IQ scores and can even slow the aging process. According to
a Swedish study published in the Archives of Neurology, patients with mild to moderate
Alzheimer’s were given 1.7 grams of DHA and .6 grams of EPA.  They showed less cognitive
decline in six months.

As mentioned, fish oil is recommended for children who have ADHD.  There are studies
showing that the lack polyunsaturated fatty acids can contribute to this disorder.
This can also be the reason behind dyslexia.  There were studies conducted among
children, they were given fish oil supplements for the period of three months.  These
children showed significant improvements in behavior, reading and spelling.  They were
also able to focus and concentrate more.

There were studies that showed that Omega-3 fatty acids had the same effects as Prozac,
a well known antidepressant.  Studies showed that countries with high fish
consumption have lower rates of depression.  Aside from that, pregnant women and those
who have just given birth who include fish in their diet regularly have lower risk of
experiencing postpartum depression.

Too much of fish oil supplement can also cause some serious problems like oxidative
stress.  Some doctors would recommend taking Vitamin C  along with the fish oil
supplement.  This would actually balance the nutrients that you are getting.

Fish oil has amazing effects on our health and body, and also plays a major role in
the prevention of Depression and symptoms alike. We just have to remember to keep
it balanced with a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle.

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