Omega-3 may not only be beneficial for the heart, it is also found out to have some effect against stress. Stress, the brain’s response against any demand, can be triggered by many things.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been a favorite popular study in the medical world. It has even been tagged as the all around supplement that might be an answer to most medical condition. Since omega-3 can’t be produced by the body, it has to be ingested from marine life sources and plant sources.
Omega-3 And Stress
In a study, it showed that 1 gram a day of omega-3 fatty acids can reduce 50% of depression. And it has been done through the fish oil supplements. The concluded research then labeled fish oil as supplement that can make you happier.
Among the top sources of omega-3 are:
- Seafood. Fish is a popular source of omega-3 but other seafood alternatives include calamari and krill. Calamari oil and krill oil are now available through supplements.
- Flax Seeds. Flax can be in seed or in oil form and can also be found in cereals. 60% of flax seeds’ fats are omega-3.
- Nuts. These include pistachios, almonds and pecans.
- Grass-fed beef. Farm raised animals who fed on grass have lesser omega-6 and have more omega-3 than animals fed with corn and grains.
Stress on a healthy level can bring success but too much of it may lead to violence, anger and depression.
The EPA, an omega-3 fatty acids can help bring back cortisol to its normal levels. Prolonged stress can make cortisol levels unstable and pose risk against a person’s health. And since it can reduce anxiety as well, omega-3 became a regarded supplement to combat stress and its other effects.
The lowering of cortisol, the stress hormones, can have a prolonged benefit as well. This can be because too much cortisol now may lead to Alzheimer’s later, study from University of Edinburg says.
The rise of cortisol in the body cannot only result or trigger certain conditions but may worsen existing ones. EPA has been found out to relive such due to its cytokines and eicosanoids which reduce the risks of health problems which may arise during stress due to the increase of omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.
Stress is Necessary but Shouldn’t Be Destructive
Stress is natural as well as necessary for humankind to survive. It is an instinct that has made man survive beasts back in olden times. But today, stress has become a chronic health ailment that has affected a large part of the population. When it is sustained, it might pose risk.
The real way to deal with stress is most often a positive thinking. SSRI’s or the medications given to reduce stress, anxiety and depressive moments can result to not-so-positive risks and side effects later.
The scientist recommendation of fish oil and other omega-3 supplementation may be a great opening for people who have the condition. It can be a non-invasive way of treating stress and can help in some other health conditions in your body such as heart problems and diabetes.
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