Are you suffering from anxiety? The persistent worry and fear can be debilitating. You worry about work, finances, and what’s going to happen tomorrow. The things to worry about seem endless. However, what if all you had to do to curb your anxiety is add some fish to your diet? New research demonstrates that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (omega-3s) can be an effective treatment for anxiety.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is the most commonly experienced psychiatric symptom. It is a psychological state derived from inappropriate or exaggerated fear that leads to distress or impairment. The lifetime prevalence of any anxiety disorder is reported to be approximately 1 in 3. Anxiety often occurs with depressive disorders and is associated with lower health-related quality of life and increased risk of all-cause mortality. (1)
What are Omega-3s?
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fats are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. They have been shown to play a protective role in many health conditions and diseases. Your body does not produce omega-3s, so you must obtain them from the foods you eat. (2)
Benefits of Omega-3s
Take a look at all the amazing benefits that omega-3s have for your health:
- Enhances brain function
- Lowers inflammation
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers triglycerides
- Reduces risk for heart attack and stroke
- Improves eye health
- Lowers risk of macular degeneration
- Benefits cholesterol levels
- Reduces symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
- Lowers depression
- Improves asthma
- Reduces symptoms of ADHD
- Helps fight autoimmune disease
- Protects against Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Decreases cancer risk
- Reduce symptoms of eczema
- Important for vision and neurological development in infants
Food Sources of Omega-3s
- Fish, such as salmon and mackerel
- Flaxseed and flaxseed oil
- Chia seeds
- Egg Yolks
Conventional Anxiety Treatment
If you visit your doctor about your anxiety, you will most likely be prescribed anti-anxiety drugs such as Xanax, Klonopin, Valium or Ativan without discovering the underlying cause of your anxiety. Plus, these drugs won’t correct the reason you are having anxiety in the first place.
Some of the side effects of these drugs include fatigue, memory impairment, blurred vision, diarrhea, insomnia, decreased libido, changes in appetite, dizziness, muscle weakness, nausea, and irritability. Your doctor may even refer you to a psychiatrist, which usually leads to the prescription of antidepressants – another road you don’t want to go down. A word of caution: if you are taking any of these medications, please do not stop taking them abruptly because these drugs are addictive. You must work with your doctor to wean off of them slowly and safely.
Natural Supplements for Anxiety
There are many natural supplements that can help curb your anxiety, as well:
- Fish oil
- Lavender oil
Could Hormone Decline be the Cause of Your Anxiety?
If you’ve tried adding omega-3s to your diet and taken natural anti-anxiety supplements, but are still struggling, then it’s time to find out if you have a hormone deficiency. Hormone decline and imbalance is a common cause of anxiety. We have had great results in relieving anxiety caused by hormonal imbalance with bioidentical hormones.
Take our symptom checker quiz today to find out if you have symptoms of hormone imbalance that could be the cause of your anxiety. It’s time to get your life back!
1. Association of Use of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids With Changes in Severity of anxiety Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: An Essential Contribution