Monday, April 24, 2006

Omega 3s and Your Mood

Omega 3s and Your Mood


(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Omega-3s -- found in fatty fish like tuna and salmon as well as walnuts, flaxseeds and canola oil -- may influence mood, personality and behavior.

Researchers from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine presented their findings on omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids at the 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in Denver. In their study, they found participants who had lower blood levels of omega-3s were more likely to be depressed, have a more negative outlook, and also be more impulsive. Those with higher levels were found to be more agreeable.

Researchers say, "A number of previous studies have linked low levels of omega-3 to clinically significant conditions such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse and attention deficit disorder. However, few studies have shown that these relationships also occur in healthy adults. This study opens the door for future research looking at what effect increasing omega-3 intake -- whether by eating omega-3-rich foods like salmon or taking fish oil supplements -- has on people's moods."

SOURCE: 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in Denver, March 1-4, 2006

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