Omega-3 & Anxiety:
Promising New Research Results

Happy Med Students

The omega-3 anxiety-alleviating effects shown by recently published research at Ohio State University come as very good news.

Researchers are continually finding ways omega-3s help our bodies and minds stay healthy, or get healthier. Other research has already discovered that omega-3 oil helps alleviate depression.

Now, researchers at Ohio State University have found omega 3 supplements can calm anxiety, too. The omega 3 anxiety reduction was impressive.

The research on omega 3 and anxiety-reducing effects of these healthy oils was conducted on medical students. Some were given omega-3 supplements, and others were given placebos. The omega-3 supplements used had about 4-5 times more omega-3 than what you'd get from a serving of oily fish, such as salmon.

The results were impressive, and showed that omega-3 helps alleviate anxiety. The students who took the omega-3 supplements had 20% less anxiety than the students who took placebos.

Ron Glaser, professor of molecular virology, immunology & medical genetics and director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, and one of the authors of the study, discussed the lower incidence of cytokines in the students taking the omega-3 as compared to those receiving placebos: "We took measurements of the cytokines in the blood serum, as well as measured the productivity of cells that produced two important cytokines, interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFa)."

"We saw a 14 percent reduction in the amounts of IL-6 among the students receiving the omega-3. Anything we can do to reduce cytokines is a big plus in dealing with the overall health of people at risk for many diseases." (Cytokines are associated with the presence of inflammation.)

This is truly wonderful news. If someone suffering from anxiety can try a natural remedy like omega-3 oil and find that it helps, they won't need to turn to dangerous psychiatric drugs. These drugs are known to be fraught with serious and dangerous 'side' effects. That is one very good reason to avoid them, if there is any way at all to do so. Omega 3 anxiety-reducing effects are all good!

Omega-3 oils do not have dangerous side effects in the vast majority of situations, and they have multiple positive effects on body and mind. For example, the same Ohio State University study confirms the findings of many other researchers that omega-3s can reduce inflammation.

What do you have to lose by trying a pure, high-quality omega 3 oil if you're suffering from anxiety or depression?

Journal Reference:

Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser, Martha A. Belury, Rebecca Andridge, William B. Malarkey, Ronald Glaser. Omega-3 supplementation lowers inflammation and anxiety in medical students: A randomized controlled trial. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 2011; DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2011.07.229

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Read more about dangerous 'side' effects of medications for depression and anxiety:

Collection of thousands of news articles and FDA testimony in which antidepressants are mentioned. Over 4,600 news stories, with the full media article available. Many of these tell of crimes and other tragedies in which antidepressants may have played a role.

Lists of dangerous effects of anxiety drugs compiled from the sites of pharmaceutical companies containing the information those companies choose to reveal to the public. We do not vouch for the truth of those companies' claims, nor believe much of what they say; we include this link so you can see the extensive lists of often very serious effects of the drugs they make and market. This page has information from companies about their anxiety drugs; there are links to information about dangerous 'side' effects of other psychotropic drugs for other conditions as well.

Although, as you may notice, the title of the website the above link goes to is humorous, there is nothing humorous about the information given on the page.

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