Omega 3 For Depression

Omega 3 for Depression Fish oil is used as herbal or natural treatment for depression. Omega 3 is one of contents of fish oil. It is a polyunsaturated fatty acid. Omega 3 is also found in some of the trees such as flaxseed, pumpkin seed, and walnuts. It appears to work much like a calcium channel blocker. Omega 3 is essential for maintenance of brain cells, especially cell membranes. There is also one content which works like Omega 3 when it is not available that is omega-6. Omega-6 is used to produce cell membranes. Omega-6 has less cope with neurotransmitter traffic.

Omega 3 Contain Two Active Contents

  • Eicosapentaenoic acid also called as EPA
  • Docosahexaenoic acid also called as DHA

EPA is useful for therapeutic effect. Fish oil has been used for other disease also like heart.

Benefits of Omega 3 Fish Oil

Basically Omega 3 used to fight with following diseases

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer (Treat by chemotherapy)
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Ulcers
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperactivity

Omega 3 keeps proper concentration which is poor when in depression. Even in depression, people feel low energy level which can be increased by this Omega 3.

Omega 3 is found in some useful food like flaxseed, walnuts and a few other foods. But main content of Omega 3 are fatty acid, EPA and DHA are available in fish. But keep in mind that there are different types of fish in water that cause dangerously high levels of the highly toxic, tasteless metal, mercury.

There is difference between cod liver oil and fish oil. Many people get confused with these oils. Cod liver oil has an advantage over fish oil that it is high in vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for skin. Cod liver oil and fish oil are same except that in cod liver oil contains vitamin D and A in addition to fish oil. Now many flavors of cod liver oil and fish oil are available.

Cod Liver Oil and Depression

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac drugs are considered as standard treatment for depression. But this antidepressant treatment has side effects. So people try to use herbal or natural treatment. Fish oil is considered to be natural treatment.

Cod oil and fish oil helps to alleviate the depression symptoms and schizophrenia. Doses of Omega 3 contain 1 gram of an Omega 3 fatty acid such as cod liver oil for 12 weeks. It reduces the symptoms of depression and anxiety, sadness and sleeping problem.

Is There Any Risk Using Omega 3?

We can say that there is no big risk by using fish oil. But it does not mean that we can use it without care. There is risk by using fish oil. Here some of the risks are discussed. These are

  • Mercury Actually brain is susceptible to mercury-induced damage. So mercury is more risky for pregnant women but not for everyone.
  • Some Precaution For Pregnant Women Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish, these contain mercury so don't take it. Take 2 average meals a week of a variety of fish and shellfish because it contain less mercury.
  • Hypomania
  • Bleeding Risk If you are taking aspirin or coumadin, then may be fish oil interferes with blood coagulation. It might interfere with glucose regulation also which result into bleeding.
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