The 2nd Ingredient to help your beat Depression:
From: Merri Ellen
Here's day 2’s powerful ingredient for curing your depression.
Welcome to lesson 2! This lesson contains extraordinary scientific research…
Cure-your-depression step 2:
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements
A Personal Testimony:
For 23 years, bipolar disorder wreaked havoc for one of Dr Andrew Stoll’s female patients, now a 45 year old woman who worked as a research scientist. Despite her expert knowledge of science and medicine, she was unable to find adequate treatment for her dangerous peaks of mania and dark valleys of depression. Medications dulled her and caused significant weight gain. As a result, she had trouble focusing on her work, enjoying life and relationships with friends. She was anxious for a cure and fascinated to hear of Dr. Andrew Stoll’s work in Boston, Massachusetts. She participated in his controlled, double-blind study, in which neither doctor nor patient is told who is receiving the placebo (a fake) or omega 3 (fish oil) supplements.
Just 2 weeks into the trial, her mania was gone and the first time in decades, the depression had lifted. She has kept taking fish oil and has been in full remission for over 3 years.
Dr. Andrew Stoll reveals several uplifting stories in a behind-the-scenes look at his study of omega 3 fatty acids and bipolar disorder, published in The Archives of General Psychiatry in May 1999.
Even more extraordinary perhaps are the emerging findings that omega 3 fatty acids are useful not just in bipolar illness, but also in depression, post partum depression, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, stress and even schizophrenia and autism.
It was discovered in the late 1970s that the native Inuit population who ate a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, had surprisingly low heart attack rates. Since then, thousands of studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids are incredibly essential as a foundation for our health and well-being. Without them, we develop numerous diseases.
Because of this evidence, the American Heart Association now advises that everyone eat at least two 3-ounce servings of fatty fish every week.Others suggest three or more servings of fish per week.
Heart-healthy fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, the critically important polyunsaturated fats with powerful healing powers. Cold-water fish are exceptionally rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids—and the colder the water, the more omega-3 fatty acids there are in the fish. Salmon, sardines, sea bass, tuna, trout, mackerel, and anchovy contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), the most potent forms of omega-3s.
Because omega-3 oils mostly come from cold-water fish and wild game—not usually found in most North American diets—most people don't get enough of these essential fatty acids (EFAs). To make matters worse, many food processors eliminate natural omega-3 oils, which have a tendency to spoil, to keep their products fresher.
Therefore, if you don’t like cold-water fish or you don’t eat it two to three times a week, then you might want to consider a high-quality fish oil supplement. You can buy these at a drugstore or health food store.
Look for a brand that will give you 1000 mg of EPA and 500 mg of DHA per day. This is the amount that has been shown in studies to be beneficial to people with depression. (See Dr. Andrew Stoll’s book: “The Omega 3 Connection” “A must-read for anyone dealing with depression” - Lauren Marangell, M.D. Director of Psychopharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine)
According to Dr. Andrew Stoll, you can take these even if you are on antidepressant medication; there are no known interactions with drugs. The only side effects reported are that they sometimes burp up a fishy taste after taking them. Solutions to this problem are to freeze the pills and take them right before a meal. If all else fails, there is a liquid form available that some people prefer.
THIS WEEK'S ACTION STEPS:
Carefully take the time to make an effort to start implementing the powerful ingredient you learned today after consulting your doctor.
Remember if altering a person’s behaviour will produce the same beneficial brain changes that can come from medication—without the risks and side effects—then the advantages are obvious!
you for this site! I had been on most of the antidepressants over the
past 30 years and had a severe reaction. I have been off meds now for 5
weeks. Am taking vitamins... along with some other ingredients, Omega-3
and a mixture of amino acids and trace elements. I also walk daily... I
feel better now than I ever did on the meds. Take care, Anne"
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