Sunday, October 18, 2015

Brain Food: Fish Oil And Your Brain (part 2 of 2)

As mentioned, fish oil is recommended for children who have ADHD.  There are studies showing that the lack polyunsaturated fatty acids can contribute to this disorder.  This can also be the reason behind dyslexia.  There were studies conducted among children, they were given fish oil supplements for the period of three months.  These children showed significant improvements in behaviour, reading and spelling.  They were also able to focus and concentrate more.

There were studies that showed that Omega-3 fatty acids had the same effects as Prozac which is a known anti-depressant.  Studies showed that countries with high fish consumption have lower rates of depression.  Aside from that, pregnant women and those who have just given birth who include fish in their diet regularly have lower risk of experiencing postpartum depression.

If you have decided to take fish oil supplements to address these mental problems for yourself or for your kids or relatives, then it would be best to consult a doctor first.  You would have to know how much you are going to take.  Just like any vitamins or anything, when taken in excess it can have bad effects.

Too much of fish oil supplement can also cause some serious problems like oxidative stress.  Some doctors would recommend taking Vitamin C along with the fish oil supplement.  This would actually balance the nutrients that you are getting.

Fish oil has amazing effects on our health and body, we just have to remember to keep it balanced with a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle.

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