Plenty of depressed patients respond using omega-3 fatty acids. Brain cells are coated with fats. And when the fats are omega-3 fatty acids, the cells simply function better. That includes brain cell receptors that process serotonin, the hormone that regulates our sense of well being. I recommend at least two grams per day. I recall reading one studty that suggested one gram of EPA (an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil), taken daily, significantly reduced depression symptoms in patients who had been diagnosed with “persistent depression.”
And here’s the best part: Before the study began, all the patients had been unable to control their depression symptoms with SSRI drugs such as Prozac. If depressed patients followed the EPA protocol for 3-4 months — adding at least 2,000 I.U. of vitamin D3 and a good multi-B vitamin (especially B-12) daily –they often feel improvement without any side effects compared to the drugs.
Plenty of depressed patients HAVE omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.
Brain cells are coated with fats and need omega-3 fatty acids. Brain cell receptors process serotonin, the hormone that may help regulate our sense of well being.
For “persistent depression,” one gram of EPA daily significantly helps reduce depressive symptoms. If depressed patients followed the EPA protocol for two months — adding ample amounts of vitamin D3 and B vitamins (especially B-12) — you would probably feel better.
Researchers from Harvard took blood samples from about 3,000 subjects and measured omega-3 levels. When the results were compared to diabetic status, they found that higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids — EPH and DHA — were linked to reduced risk of diabetes.
Rrisk was lowest in those with the highest omega-3 levels. The is because EPA and DHA help your cell membranes manage insulin. Fat tissue contains an abundance of macrophages — a type of white blood cell that fights viruses, bacteria, and other junk that has to be removed from your cells. The macrophages do their work by producing proteins that burn off the junk with inflammation. Too much body fat creates a flood of those proteins, which happen to promote insulin resistance. Chronic inflammation just makes the situation worse.
When excessive inflammation is reduced, insulin sensitivity improves.
EPA and DHA are great natural anti-inflammatories. For the past year or soI have recommended that patient’s take about 400 IU vitamin E with the omega 3’s (mixed tocopherols).
How Do I Get Stronger Bones?
Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in particular, may increase bone mineral content and produce healthier, stronger bones, according to a new study involving rats.
Omega-3 fatty acids, most notably EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA, have been linked to a wide range of health benefits, including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, good development of a baby during pregnancy, joint health and improved behavior and mood.
According to findings of the new study with rats, DHA “appears to be a vital constituent of marrow” and enhances bone mineral content (BMC). The findings did not extend to EPA, however.
Scientists from Purdue University, Indiana University School of Medicine, Korea Maritime University and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), reported their findings in the British Journal of Nutrition.
For stronger bone development I recommend Ostera (Metagenics), Cal Apatite Plus (Metagenics), Vitamin D3 (2-5 grams daily), and EPA-DHA 720 (Metagenics). Order at www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com
A small, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (2006; 163(6): 1098-100), looked at supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids and its
effect on childhood depression. The subjects of the study were 20 children between the ages of six and 12 suffering with depression. They were randomly assigned to receive either an omega-3 fatty acid supplement or a placebo. The children were evaluated using the Children’s Depression Rating Scale, the Children’s Depression Inventory and the Clinical Global Impression. Evaluations were taken at the beginning of the study and at weeks 2, 4, 8, 12 and 16. At the end of the study,
70% of the supplemented children showed at least a 50% reduction in depression scores.
I recommend EPA-DHA 720 from Metagenics or Xymogen’s Omega Pure 780EC. Both are tested to be free of dioxin and mercury. Quality is vital when choosing a fish oil product.
Omega 3 fish oils are part of a cardiovascular health program. Benefits include Blood Pressure; Lipids and Clotting; reducing inflammation of joints and skin; reducing back and neck pain;
support for mental health/behavior; support for the reduction of allergic-type response; glucose and insulin.