Published on June 4, 2021
Video Friday: Dr. Bill Harris discusses research showing how adults and children with higher omega-3s tend to have lower levels of anxiety, depression, and have better mood
It’s Video Friday! Today’s short video features Dr. Bill Harris as he discusses several studies showing how people who take high enough amounts of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA can improve their anxiety and mood issues. In fact, those who had a higher Omega-3 Index benefitted the most.
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Higher Omega-3s Linked to Better Mental & Emotional Health
Here is a quick summary of what this video discusses, along with additional information and details about omega-3s:
- A meta-analysis by Su et al. published in JAMA combined the findings from 19 different studies on omega-3 supplements and clinical anxiety symptoms. The study found that clinical anxiety symptoms were more likely to improve among those who took omega-3 supplements compared to those taking a placebo. The greatest effect was seen for those taking at least 2,000 mg per day of omega-3 fatty acids, and whose omega-3 fatty acid intake was at least 60% EPA.
- Another recent analysis by Murphy et al. supports previous findings that omega-3s may be important for treating depression, and found that higher omega-3 levels in the blood were significantly associated with a lower risk of moderately severe to severe depression, especially for those with higher EPA specifically. (This study will be reviewed in more detail in our next newsletter.)
- Other studies have shown improvements in mood, anxiety, ADHD, bi-polar disorder, psychosis, autism, and other mental, cognitive, and emotional disorders among adults and children with higher omega-3s.
- The world’s largest review (called a meta-synthesis) of nutrient supplements and mental disorders published by Firth et al. examined 33 meta analyses of randomized controlled trials on dietary supplements and mental health. The analysis included data from 10,951 individuals with diagnoses such as depression, stress and anxiety, bipolar, personality disorder, schizophrenia, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The strongest evidence from this review showed the effect of omega-3s (with an average dose of 1422 mg/day of EPA) on reducing symptoms of major depressive disorder, which produced benefits beyond those of taking antidepressants alone. The strongest effect was seen with omega-3 supplements that contained at least 50% EPA.
- A study by Rodriguez et al. found that omega-3 supplementation (specifically DHA) led to greater improvements in cognitive and visual-sensory test performance as well as behavioral improvements compared to placebo among children and adolescents with ADHD.
- Other findings mentioned by Dr. Harris in this video include improved anxiety levels among children receiving approximately 1.6 g/day of omega-3s, higher depression scores among individuals with the lowest Omega-3 Index, and a higher risk of psychosis among those with the lowest Omega-3 Index.
What level of Omega-3s should you aim for, and how do you get there?
Healthy omega-3 levels, with an Omega-3 Index of at least 8%, have also been associated with heart health, a longer life, brain health, breast cancer, reduced inflammation, and even an improved immune response to viral infection. Unfortunately, due to the Western diet, a majority of the population has omega-3 levels that are below what is recommended for health; in fact, 82% of GrassrootsHealth participants have an Omega-3 Index level below the recommended 8%.
What can you do to make sure you are getting enough?
Check Your Omega-3 Index and Your Vitamin D Level Today!
Vitamin D is also very important for mental-emotional wellbeing, as is magnesium and several other essential nutrients. Ensuring you are getting enough of each of these essential nutrients by testing your levels could be your first step towards improving your mood and easing depression and anxiety.
When it comes to vitamin D especially, correcting a deficiency at any age and any time of life can decrease potential disease severity and improve outcomes. With almost 90% of the general population having vitamin D levels below the recommended 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L), it is obvious that most people need more vitamin D. While most of us cannot achieve a vitamin D level of 40-60 ng/ml from sun alone, either due to our lifestyle, where we live, or other circumstances, we can certainly reach those levels with the right amount of supplementation.
By joining the GrassrootsHealth projects, you are not only contributing valuable information to our study, but you are also gaining knowledge about how you could improve your own health through measuring and tracking your nutrient status, and educating yourself on how to improve it. Do you know what your status of vitamin D, omega-3s, and other essential nutrients is? Could your levels be improved? Test now to find out!
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What Does it Take YOU to Get Your D to 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)?Did you know your health could be greatly affected by making sure you have a vitamin D level of at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)? Help us help you.
STEP 1 - Do you know what your vitamin D level is? If not, be sure to test today to find out.
STEP 2 – Determine your target level. Are you at your target level? Experts recommend a level of at least 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L).
STEP 3 – Need to boost your level? Use the D*calculator to see how much vitamin D it may take to reach your target. Opt for the Loading Dose for a quicker boost.
STEP 4 – Optimize how your body absorbs and utilizes vitamin D with co-nutrients and these simple steps.
STEP 5 – Re-Test! This is an important step to make sure you have reached your target level, and to ensure you are not taking too much! Re-testing after 3-4 months is recommended.
STEP 6 – Adjust, Repeat…
Give your immune system the nutrients it needs to support a healthy you and protect yourself from unnecessary diseases, especially COVID-19.
The first Randomized Controlled Trial on vitamin D and COVID-19 has shown a 96% lower risk of ICU admission for those receiving vitamin D (as 25(OH)D to quickly boost vitamin D blood levels) along with the standard treatment, compared to those receiving standard treatment alone.
These results support many previous observational studies showing a relationship between vitamin D levels and intake and COVID-19 severity.
GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute has launched the new Immune Boost project with the use of our myData-myAnswers nutrient health system that nearly 15,000 people are already using for their health. Specific markers that influence immune health are suggested for testing as part of this project including:
- Vitamin D
- Omega-3 Index
- Essential elements magnesium, selenium, and zinc
Our goal is to demonstrate how one can use the Nutrient Research Model established by Dr. Robert Heaney to show the effect of vitamin D serum levels of at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) on risk reduction for all ethnicities in the population. Status and intake of other nutrients will also be analyzed for any type of relationship to immune status and symptom severity. Join the project today!
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Through GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute, you can also test your essential elements magnesium, copper, zinc and selenium, toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium, as well as your omega-3 levels, inflammation levels and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level. Find out your levels today! Log on to the test selection page (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if your levels can be improved.
Make sure you track your results before and after, about every 6 months!
How can I track my nutrient intake and levels over time?
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For each specific supplement, you can track what days you take it, how much, and many other details. This will help you know your true supplemental intake and what patterns of use work for you to reach and maintain optimum nutrient levels. Check it out today!