Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

It's good to be omega-3?!

For years, there has been a lot of talk about the positive effects of omega-3 fatty acids on heart disease, but a recent post on Metafilter points out that researchers are finding diets high in omega-3 fatty acids to be linked to lower rates of depression and bipolar disorder.

One study pointed out the "highly significant benefits" of adding omega-3 to the diet as compared to placebo, but that it wasn't known whether omega-3 "augments antidepressant action in the manner of lithium or has independent antidepressant properties of its own."

Although doctors are generally unwilling to consider omega-3 as an alternative to existing treatments for depression, it apparently makes a great adjunct to already existing treatment therapies, especially since there are few debates about its other positive effects.

Feeling bummed out? Suck on a salmon!

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