Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Need a mood boost? Take you're omega 3s!

If you've been regularly feeling a little low, it could be that you're deficient in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) - one of the omega 3 fatty acids found in our food. Our body doesn't make omega - 3 fatty acids so we are dependent on our food supply and supplementation to get these very important nutrients.

EPA and DHA, the most important omega 3 fatty acids are naturally found in fatty fish. However, now that so much of the fish we eat is farm raised, it no longer has the omega 3 fatty acids in it. Farm raised fish don't eat the same diet as their wild caught counter parts, and have a different lifestyle which leads to a lower omega 3 content with a higher omega 6 content.

To increase the EPA and DHA in your diet, eat wild caught or Alaskan fish, or take a high quality fish oil supplement such as Nordic Naturals. Adding in at least 500mg of EPA to your diet daily, will help you beat the winter blues! If you'd like to learn more about your individual omega 3 needs and more ways to boost your mood and brain power, give our office a call: 480-883-8160.

To read more visit: www.medscape.com/viewarticle/733824

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