Did you know that fish oil is an excellent resource for depression?
Several years ago, after my mother’s death, I attended a seminar on depression. I attended this seminar to fulfill my continuing education credits. I chose this particular seminar because I experienced depression first-hand after and during caring for my own parents, and simply because I knew so many people who were also suffering (yes, many were caregivers).
I learned that one of the most effective alternatives for depression turned out to be FISH OIL! What is interesting about this fact is that this seminar was taught to medical professionals, BY medical professionals, and actually presented as a viable alternative to prescription anti-depressants.
We were all told that fish oil had BETTER results than prescription anti-depressants, and had virtually no side effects, compared to the prescription alternative.
So why is fish oil so effective?
Remember when we were kids, and they always referred to fish as a ‘brain food’? (at least they did when I was a child)
Fish oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which just happens to play an important role in brain function. Low blood levels of brain chemicals called eicosapentaenoic (i-koe- suh-pen-tuh- e-NO- ik) acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (doe-koe- suh-hek- suh-e- NO-ik) acid (DHA). EPA and DHA are found in those suffering from depression.
What was also interesting to me, was I had been taking three fish oil capsules daily for my heart… as my blood pressure had become a bit elevated while caregiving. I took the supplement as a preventive for potential heart problems.
As I sat in the room listening to all the information that was being shared on fish oils benefits for depression, I began to monitor my own emotions.
Having been in a depression myself for many of the years as a caregiver, I realized I hadn’t felt this sadness for quite a while. I realized the only thing different in this regard was my intake of the fish oil.
So, bottom line… fish oil to the rescue!
And don’t forget it is very useful for anything regarding your heart.
It has also been proven to be beneficial with those with Alzheimer’s and dementia!
Good sources for omega-3s can be found in sardines, salmon, mackerel, nuts, peanut butter, tuna, flaxseed, and chia seeds.