Depression | Trans Fats| Fish Oil

A recent study has shown that diets that are high in trans-fats might cause depression. This particular study seems to be quite prolific throughout the media. Other studies have revealed that diets that are high in omega 9 fatty acids such as fish oil or olive oil may have an effect on mood stabilization and bipolar disorder. Studies have shown that omega 3 fish oil for depression has some medicinal qualities. These are usually effective in treating mild depression; however, treating severe depression often requires more aggressive pharmacological therapy. Other studies have questioned the effects these fatty acids have on mood disorders; yet, there seems to be enough benefit to pursue further studies on these natural remedies and definitely the deleterious consequences of the trans-fats on our bodies.

Do these fats in the body cause depression or merely increase the incidence of those who are already predisposed to depression? It is not clear whether or not these depressive disorders are clinical or a situational depression. One thing is certain: we need to eat for life! Regardless of the depth or degree of the depression involved in the findings of this study; we know that a good diet and exercise promotes the production of endorphins which are in part responsible for our moods.

Highlights of the study

•  The study was conducted at the universities of Navarra at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
•  12,000 persons took part in the study which is a good sample size.
•  At the outset, none of the participants were diagnosed with depression.
•  By the end of the study 657 of them were suffering from depression.
•  Participants with elevated trans-fats presented up to a 48% increase in the risk of depression.
•  The research team found, at the same time, that after assessing the impact of polyunsaturated fats composed of larger amounts of fish and vegetable oils and olive oil, these products "are associated with a lower risk of suffering depression."

Depression seems to be almost epidemic in growth (if possible) over recent decades. Is this due to better diagnosing, the de-stigmatizing of mental illness, or is our air, water, and fatty diets responsible for the increased incidences? Many studies are being conducted on all of these areas in addition to the impact that our environment plays into it as well. We know that carcinogenic substances can alter the genetic code of our cells and thus cause cancer and other illnesses; so is it so far fetched an idea that our foods, stress, and other pollutants can alter our DNA as well? Studies have hinted that alcohol consumed during pregnancy might be one of the causes for schizophrenia. And other studies have suggested that stress can cause a change in our DNA leading to anxiety. Now it appears that taking in our daily need for fish oil in the amount of about 5,000 mg or 5 grams in the form of Omega 3 Fatty Acids (i.e. in roughly equivalent amounts of both EPA and DHA), is not just good for our hearts; but it is also good for our brains.

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