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Mental Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Science Daily. Omega-3 Reduces Anxiety and Inflammation in Healthy Students, Study Suggests. Web. Nov. 16, 2011. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110713121313.htm

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Reviewed November 17, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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EmpowHER Guest

i think spiritual healing is amust to fight anxiety and deppression, when the body is down,our spirit are low we must ask god to help us..if we know the story of moses and jesus in the holy bible.how they cope with all the pressure with all the people around them with all the demands..they asked god..god..god

November 24, 2011 - 2:00am

If Omega 3 fatty acids are helpful for depression I would hate to know how much worse I would feel than I do now, taking the Omega 3. I haven't felt so low in a long, long time and I've been on Omega 3 for 2 years and am so depressed I am near suicide. I am also on antidepressants and have been most of my life...over 50 years! I wish they helped like the article says they are. I know they don't help everyone and I guess I am one of the unlucky ones.

November 19, 2011 - 8:40am
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Anonymous (reply to bbnrse)

Did you know a big possible side affect of anti depressant drugs is amazingly 'Increased depression!' .
If id been taking anti depressants for 2 years and they wernt helping i would try definatly try a sustained period without them, and stick to just the Omega 3 or Krill Oil.
All the best.

November 22, 2011 - 3:38am
(reply to Anonymous)

Thank you so much for the comment. I appreciate it. I have tried many times to stop the antidepressants but every time I ended up in the hospital for weeks. So, for me, going off the meds is not an option. I do have to change them every year or so, because they become ineffective, but I'll always need something. I am taking the Omega 3 regularly and it helps too. Again, thanks for the suggestion.

November 22, 2011 - 9:34am

Eating real food that our great grandparents would have recognized as healthy is the key.

November 18, 2011 - 1:58pm
EmpowHER Guest

I keep hearing that Krill Oil is a great supplement
But not sure if it really is much better than other Omega 3 oils?
it is more expensive but is it worth it?
info here- http://www.tongkatfitness.com/products/what-is-krill-oil-krill-plus-500

November 17, 2011 - 12:33pm
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