How Can Fats be Good?
Fats have recently got a bad rap. But the truth is that some fats are actually needed for good health and good mood. That’s the case for omega fatty acids. So let’s take a look at them now.
Omega Fatty Acids
Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids cannot be made or stored in the body, and are therefore described as essential fatty acids (EFAs.) That is it is essential that we supply these valuable nutrients to the body through our diet, otherwise the body will go without.
2 Main Functions of Omega Fatty Acids:
- To serve as a building block (a structural molecule) for the outside membrane of all cells including the nerve cells in the brain.
- To produce chemicals which regulate the immune system and inflammatory processes.
It probably comes as no surprise that imbalances of these fatty acids can lead to neurological, immune, and inflammatory conditions.
Omega 3 & 6 Deficiencies and Mental Health
Omega 3 and/or 6 deficiencies are related not only to depression, but other mental health illnesses such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, conduct disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, as well as postnatal depression.
It’s been shown that omega 3 supplementation (and sometimes omega 6) can help in the treatment of depression, including bipolar depression.
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll review a few studies on omega 3 supplementation and mental health. Then we’ll discuss optimal doses of omega 3 supplementation in depression in both adults and children. If you’d rather get started on omega 3 supplementation right away, click on the following link, download a copy of my book and break free from depression.
But What There’s More…
Omega 3 deficiencies are only one cause of depression. To help you find out about the other physical causes of depression I’ve written a report that discusses which ones may be the root cause of your depression. You can get a copy of it here.
That’s it for today, but I’ll be back with further helpful and life changing information soon.
All the best
Dr Janelle Sinclair