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The Neuroscience of Vitality, Tip 5: Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Diets low in Omega 3 fatty acid can lead to depression and mood instability.

Brain Food - Omega 3 Fatty Acids
As a practicing psychiatrist, I have gathered my top seven neuroscience tips for vitality that have proven to be useful for virtually all of my patients, and I am eager to share them with you. In my previous articles, you learned about neuroplasticity, mirror neurons, BDNF, and oxytocin. Today, in my fifth vitality tip, you’ll learn about Omega 3 fatty acids.

In our supplement crazy world, this one actually seems to make sense. Western diets are seriously lacking in Omega 3 fatty acid, and depletion can lead to mood instability and depression

Omega fatty acids help stabilize our neuronal cell membranes and MAY be helpful in treating attention deficit disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, and early dementia. Risks are low and for those who prefer to supplement via diet, there is a long list of foods that can help raise your levels. Salmon, mackerel, anchovies, and walnuts are excellent sources of Omega 3.  

Not everyone should take omega fatty acids, though.  Anyone with a bleeding disorder or on a medication that slows clotting must consult their physician as Omega Fatty Acids may be damaging to their health!

Recommended reading: The Omega-3 Connection by Andrew Stoll

Eva Ritvo, M.D. is vice chair of psychiatry at the University of Miami and co-author of The Beauty Prescription: The Complete Formula for Looking and Feeling Beautiful.

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