We consider our physical health by eating well and making sure we get regular physical activity. But are we giving our mental health the same amount of effort?
- 20% of Canadians will deal with a diagnosed mental illness in their lives
- Most of us will deal with some form of mental distress this year (depression, anxiety, insomnia and/or stress)
- Younger populations are at higher risk—in the last decade, mental health issues have risen significantly in people under the age of 25
Researchers have found an interesting difference between people who suffer from lowered mental outlook and those who don’t: low mood sufferers often have higher levels of inflammatory chemicals, and lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, people who regularly consume fish (or take fish oil supplements) generally have a more positive mental outlook.
As the single most researched nutrient, years of research have shown that omega-3s from fish oils can provide vital benefits to our health and happiness. From supporting our cardiovascular health, to lowering inflammation, and improving our mood and cognitive function, studies have shown that we can rely on omega-3s.
What happens if we don’t get enough omega-3s?
Our bodies can’t make omega-3s, so we need to make sure that we get high enough amounts of these precious nutrients from our diets. We can find omega-3s in wild fish, some nuts and seeds and wild game, but it can be hard to get the amount of omega-3s that our bodies need to feel like our most vital selves.
When it comes to omega-3s, there are two key fatty acids found in fish oils:
- Decosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is our structural fatty acid that is found in our brain where it supports cognition, memory, and development
- Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) is a second messenger found in nerve cells where it can help to decrease inflammation and improve mental outlook
Omega-3 fatty acids and mood
While DHA can be found in the brain and does provide benefits there, researchers found that it does not appear to provide any benefit to mood.
But when EPA was used alone, or even better, combined with small amounts of DHA, results were very positive. Researchers found that EPA is better at reducing low-grade inflammation and chemicals produced by the immune system that have a negative effect on mood.
In another study, researchers studied a sample group over the course of seven years and made another amazing discovery about EPA: those with higher blood levels of EPA showed better mental resiliency over time. (Resiliency is typically defined as the ability to bounce back after difficult events.)
omega3+ joy is a high potency omega-3 fish oil with a dose of EPA clinically proven to improve mood. Just two capsules per day provide 1000 mg of an EPA concentrate shown to boost mood and mental outlook.
Sourced from wild caught fish and sustainable fisheries that are strictly regulated, the omega-3 fatty acids found in omega3+ joy are processed using the latest technology to ensure optimal absorption. Plus, a 200+ step quality check ensures that our omega-3s are pure, fresh and clean.
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