Medication treatment for depression has radically changed over the past decades. Traditional antidepressants have been replaced by safer, more effective treatments. Unfortunately, these medications almost always present a list of side effects, and stopping antidepressant treatment suddenly has been shown to result in severe adverse effects, which may include heightened risk of self-injurious behaviors and suicide. However, omega-3s have also been shown to be effective in treating depression naturally.
Depression and anxiety often occur simultaneously. According to the National Center For Complementary and Integrative Health, omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in Niveau's krill Oil, have been shown to reduce anxiety in those who have not previously been diagnosed with an anxiety or depressive disorder. Furthermore, omega-3s were believed to be responsible for a 20 percent reduction in the exacerbation of anxiety symptoms, such as increased corticosteroid levels, increased heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, or general nervous feelings.
Corticosteroids describes the grouping of hormones in the body, which serve to combat stress and prevent depression. When repeated exposure to stressful events occur, high levels of corticosteroids may actually result in the occurrence of depressive symptoms. Ironically, the production of these corticosteroids is dependent on the ample supply of arachidonic acids (AAs), which are an omega-6 fatty acid. As the omega-3 fatty acid, EPA, increases in availability, it inhibits the enzyme that creates AA. As a result, the inflammatory ability of omega-6s is reduced, explains Psychology Today. When the presence of corticosteroids, such as AA, is decreased, cellular function increases, which helps to alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Multiple studies have been conducted to identify specific relevance of omega-3s and depression, and many of these studies have been unsuccessful in determining a specific recommendation for the amount of omega-3s to ingest, due to inconsistencies in participant diets. The World Health Organization recommends a daily intake of EPA and DHA of 0.3 to 0.5 grams per day. Yet, according to the Mayo Clinic, adults may have to take up to three grams of omega-3 fatty acids daily. This amounts to approximately three capsules of 450 milligrams of EPA and 100 milligrams of DHA each.
Although omega-3s can greatly benefit mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, care should always be taken before starting or stopping any sort of medication. If you are currently taking antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications, speak with your physician about how a Krill Oil supplement could help you. Furthermore, taking any supplement could potentially interact with prescription medications, so the advice of your physician should always be take into consideration. Unfortunately, the FDA has not yet released a recommended dosage of DHA and EPA for the specific treatment of depression. However, you can take proactive measures by learning more about Niveau™ products and how Krill Oil helps to increase cognitive function and rational thought processes.