13 Feb 2013

Omega-3 backed for post natal depression

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Increasing the levels of omega-3 fatty acids could help to battle postnatal depression, according to a new review.

The suggestions come after the new review – published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry – found that women who are at risk of depression during childbearing years could be at higher risk if omega-3 status is lowered.

The literature shows that there could be a link between pregnancy, omega-3 and the chemical reaction that enables serotonin, a mood regulator, to be released into our brains.

He noted that because omega-3 is transferred from the mother to her foetus and later to her breastfeeding infant, maternal omega-3 levels decrease during pregnancy, and remain lowered for at least six-weeks following the birth.

Sources of Omega 3 include perilla seed oil, flaxseed oil, tuna oil, salmon oil, sardine oil, hemp seed oil walnut oil, flaxseeds, walnuts, tuna, salmon, herring  and mackerel.

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