Now a real study supporting the essential fatty acid for mood disturbances in menopausal women. The fact is this is an essential oil (read good, healthy, needed FAT). We can all benefit from supplementation of it because it no longer occurs in the food chain as much as it used to thanks to us messing with it so profoundly.
Omega-3s ease psychological distress and depressive symptoms often suffered by menopausal and perimenopausal women, according to researchers at Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine. Their study, published in the February issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, presents the first evidence that omega-3 supplements are effective for treating common menopause-related mental health problems.
Dr. Michel Lucas and colleagues recruited 120 women age 40 to 55 and divided them into two groups. Women in the first group took three gel capsules containing a total of one gram of EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid of marine origin, every day for eight weeks. Those in the second group followed the same protocol, but took gel capsules containing sunflower oil without EPA.
Test results before and after the eight-week period indicate that omega-3s significantly improved the condition of women suffering symptoms of psychological distress and mild depression. “The differences we observed between the two groups are noteworthy,” commented Dr Lucas, “especially considering that omega-3s have very few side effects and are beneficial to cardiovascular health.” However, no positive effect was observed among a small group of women with more severe depressive symptoms.
Many people find taking 4 to 6 grams and sometimes as much as 10 grams of fish oil can drastically change mood in anyone with mood issues. It’s also good for heart, cholesterol and brains in general. It should be part of a over-all healthy lifestyle.