WFMW: Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I would like to share something that has enhanced our lives tremendously: Fish Oil.

Also known as Omega-3 Fatty acids, found in flax seeds and oily fish such as anchovies, mackerel, tuna and salmon, Omega-3's have been clinically shown to reduce depression, reverse heart disease, and enhance moods.

Researchers have found that people with high Omega-3 intakes actually show changes in their brain structure - with more volume dedicated to regions controlling positive emotions and mood regulation.

Mr. R won't take capsules, so I buy Coromega, which is orange pudding in a packet. Link is to the best price I've found. We pay about $60 for 90 days of supplement supplies (zinc, fish oil, multivitamin, choline, inositol) The antipsych meds we were on cost $185 for a 30 day supply. Works for me!

Need more convincing? Read these:
Omega 3's and ADHD
Fish Oil and Nursing Moms
The Mayo Clinic weighs in
Newstarget has lots of news about Omega-3's

A side note:
Bipolar and schizophrenic patients should not get Omega-3's from flax oil. Flax contains ALA, which can induce mania; BP'ers should stick to DHA and EPA. Those Omega-6 and Omega-3 combo supplements you see on the shelf? Skip them - Americans are not deficient in Omega-6's!

You can read the origins of our path to nutritional supplements instead of antipsychotic medication here.

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