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Omega-3 Fatty Acids as Therapeutic Strategies for Mood Disorders

Better Health Benefits with Consumption of EPA and DHA


Sherman Oaks, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/20/2014 -- Omega 3 Fatty Acids are some of the most essential fatty acids that are needed by the human body. And since the body cannot make these or produce these in sufficient amounts by themselves, individuals have to consume them through food. These essential fatty acids are richly found in seafood mostly in tuna, halibut, salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, lake trout, algae, krill, etc. They are also found in nut oils and plants too. These “good” fats are otherwise known as PUFAs or Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids. Unlike saturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids help in improving the brain function and development of brain tissues. These fatty acids appear to lower the risks of cancer, arthritis and most importantly heart diseases. Pregnant mothers should talk to their doctors about including omega-3 fatty in their diet or in a supplement prenatal vitamin in order to reduce infant risk of developing nerve and vision problems. Research also suggests that Omega 3 fatty acids reduces the risk of preterm labor.

A deficiency of Omega 3 Fatty Acids may lead to symptoms such as poor memory, mood swings, fatigue, depression, poor concentration, and heart problems. Intake of these acids in the form of food can also reduce inflammation. And hence a Mediterranean diet that includes whole grains, fish and nuts/seeds rich in omega 3 fatty acids, garlic, vegetables, fresh fruits, olive oil and so on can help improve heart health, cognition and mood.

According to psychiatrist Kira Stein MD, director of Los Angeles based West Coast Life Center, “Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce symptoms of depression because they reduce brain inflammation, stabilize brain cell membranes, and influence the production of neurochemicals such as serotonin and dopamine.”

Dr. Stein added: “There is mounting evidence that Omega 3 fatty acids can help protect individuals against postpartum depression, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), and anxiety as well.” Deficiency of omega-3 will has also associated been associated with dementia.

Physicians at the The West Coast Life Center commonly prescribe omega 3 fatty acids in addition to psychotherapy and medications, if needed, as a part of their more integrative approach to psychiatry. “If patients do not have a diet rich in fish, seeds and nuts, then they should probably talk to their physician about taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements.”

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About http://www.westcoastlifecenter.com
West Coast Life Center, www.westcoastlifecenter.com is an emotional wellness center led by Medical Director, Kira Stein, MD. The wellness center offers various cutting edge treatments and therapies with personalized attention to each and every patient. The institute provides integrative psychiatric care for all their patients.

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