A new Japanese study published in the British Journal of Nutrition 2016 investigated depression scores in 2,123 people aged over 40, and compared their blood levels of omega-3 fats. What the scientists found was that those with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fats had a 43% lower risk of depression. The EPA component of Omega-3 fats is anti-inflammatory (studies have found a close link between depression and chronic inflammation), and the DHA component is used by the brain to make new brain cells. In our diet Omega-3 fats come from cold water fish like wild caught salmon and sardines, and free range chicken, lamb and beef. Those fattened in pens or cages have very low levels of Omega-3s due to inadequate exercise. Omega-3 supplementation is also available in fish oil capsules – be aware however that you do get what you pay for in terms of quality. To discuss your personal situation call Sunshine Coast Nutritionist & Kinesiologist Karen Emans at Coast Natural Health on 0408748532
Karen Emans is a Clinical Nutritionist, Homeopath and Kinesiologist with over 20 years experience.