Omega-3 Fats Promote Stable Mental Health

Filed under: Study — @ March 5, 2006

We all know that omega-3 fatty acids are good for heart health, but new research suggests that they could be good for mental health, too!

A study presented by Dr. Sarah Conklin from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine at the American Psychosomatic Society meeting this weekend found that an increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids could play a role in improving overall state of mind, controlling mood swings and diminishing erratic and sometimes suicidal behavior.

It was very interesting to note that those study participants with more elevated levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their bodies overall had a happier demeanor and attitude on life and a much more stable mental state of mind.

Although some have complained that low-carb diets can cause you to be in a bad mood or depressed, my personal observations have been different.

bq. My experience has been that diets that are lower in FAT, not carbs led me to experience wild mood swings mostly because they kept me on a sugar rollercoaster ride most of the time and, even worse, failed to satisfy my hunger. I get irritable when I’m hungry and I stayed that way the entire time I was on a low-fat diet.

Unfortunately, despite this good news about yet another healthy benefit of consuming more omega-3 fats in our diet, I’m afraid our society has become too hypersensitive to equating anything good with fats.

bq. While we should certainly be jumping for joy at yet another health benefit of consuming omega-3 fatty acids, how is this going to translate in a world that has become so scared of ANY kind of fat that they’ll just ignore the call to consume more? Fat-phobia in the United States is very real no thanks to the government indoctrination we have heard over the past three decades about eliminating fat from our diet.

Read more about this new study to discover more about why you really should be eating more fat in your diet by clicking here.

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