Food, Eating, and Weight | 14 Oct 2019

Can Omega 3 stop my depression and anxiety?

Hands up if you’ve already heard of Omega 3 and its wonderful benefits for the brain?

Great stuff!

Most of us have heard about it, and yet we don’t take any action. Often because we’re fussy eaters and don’t want to eat loads of fish, or sometimes it’s because we’ve tried the supplements (cod liver oil tablets), realised they are HUMONGOUS, and decided it’s not worth it.

If you’re like me you may have even made the fatal mistake of saving yourself the trauma of trying to swallow one whole cod liver oil tablet, and to just drink the liquid inside instead! I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, I urge you never to put yourself through that trauma!

I’ve been doing lots of research over the last few days to ensure I come to you with the latest information and can write about it in a way that doesn’t sound like I’ve just stepped right out of an encyclopaedia!

So, what does research say about Omega 3?

I found it fascinating to discover that the reason scientists began looking into Omega 3 was because countries that have dietary intake that is high in omega 3, record much lower levels of depression and anxiety.

The Psychologist in me then questions whether that might be the incredibly beautiful weather, and not just the food! However, there’s been lots of research now that suggests Omega 3 really does help us with depression and anxiety, regardless of weather. Especially if we combine it with other methods of support like talking therapies or anti-depressants.

I don’t like fish and I struggle taking tablets, so how can I increase my omega 3?

Mackerel is the fish that’s top dog when it comes to giving us really good amounts of Omega 3 (and B12 if you’re wanting to top up), but what if you can’t stand the sight or smell of fish? What if taking those cod liver oil tablets just isn’t down with you?

There’s a selection of seed products that also contain omega 3!

  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Soya Beans

Omega 3 can also be found in much lower doses in other products too, like meat and dairy.

I’m despressed, should I start taking omega 3 right away?

Taking Omega 3 to help with depression or anxiety should always be discussed with your GP. Too much of any nutrient can be harmful so its important you discuss intake amounts with a professional in the field.

At your request – this month – all of my blogs and social media posts have focused on food and mental health.

I also have a five-day challenge Creating a Kinder Relationship with Food on Monday 21st October 2019. If you’d like to take a peek you can still sign up here to catch the videos.