In a worldwide study on depression, researchers from the University of Queensland (Australia) have found that 5-7% of the world's population are reported as clinically depressed, while close to half of the global population experience some form of regular anxiety, depression and mood disorders. It is estimated that 350 million people take their own lives every single year.
Although billions of dollars are spent each year on 'Mental Health Awareness' and 'medical advances', the rate of depression and suicide continues to rise, especially in North America. Although depression is a multifaceted issue with a multitude of variants, advances in biological and nutritional sciences have made it very clear that there is a direct correlation between a healthy brain and good mental health.
Advancements in scientific understandings of free radical damage on the brain, have allowed us to recognize that these dangerous compounds trigger brain inflammation, which contributes to ADHD, anxiety, brain fog, memory loss as well as serious neurological disorders such as stroke and Alzheimer’s.
Compelling evidence, presented in Psychology Today, suggests that brain inflammation, and NOT a chemical imbalance, is the root cause of depression.
Free radical damage comes from stress, lack of stress, overexertion, grilled meat, fried food, air pollution and radiation from your mobile phone and computer. Although free radicals cannot be avoided completely, there are ways to protect yourself against the dangers.
Antioxidants are so important that you can’t live without them. Antioxidants are naturally occurring compounds that protect the body against the harmful effects of free radicals. Antioxidants bind to free radicals, rendering them harmless, however in modern society, the balance between antioxidants and free radicals is not equal.
Where do I get antioxidants from?
A healthy diet comprised of a high intake of fruits and vegetables is necessary for balancing the detrimental effects of oxidative stress on the brain and body, which will directly affect mental health.
Scientists have proof that antioxidants protect against and even reverse the cognitive decline from aging and free radical damage. With higher protection, rates of anxiety and depression, as well as common mood disorders and psychiatric dysregulation, lessens.
One of the most effective and efficient ways to get the antioxidants you need, into your body is by using a high quality Omega 3 supplement, such as Dr. Dave’s Best Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil.
Benefits of Fish Oil for Depression and Mood Disorders
Fish Oil, Omega 3, EPA and DHA are terms that are popping up everywhere in relation to optimized health and wellness, and for good reason too! Fish oil has an incredible effect on the brain and mood.
- Fish oil has been used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and to preempt age related lapses in memory. It also helps young brains improve cognitive and visual abilities. Who doesn’t want smarter kids?
- It is a potent, natural anti-depressant, improving mood and personality disorders. High Omega 3 levels in fish oil supplements enhance your cell membranes, making it easier for “feel good” neurotransmitters, like serotonin, to pass through. There are numerous studies and volumes of research touting fish oil as an MVP in the brain game, since it’s one of the few, powerful antioxidants that can cross the blood-brain barrier.
- Fatty acids are fundamental building blocks for your hormonal systems. Fish oil’s balancing effects help promote deeper sleep, ease headaches and manage inflammation levels. These factors also have a positive effect on anxiety, depression and mood disregulation.
When paired with healthy diet and exercise, the benefits of Fish Oil for anxiety, depression and mood disorders are amplified. Here is a list of the Top 10 plant based antioxidant foods:
Top 10 Antioxidant Foods
- Black beans
- Globe artichoke
- Dark chocolate
Although mental health is a complex and multifactorial issue, it is clear that antioxidants play a crucial role in protecting the brain.
Help your brain fight free radical damage now, order a bottle of Dr. Dave’s Best Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil today!
In health, happiness & mental freedom,
Lifestyle Alchemist & Certified Nutritional Practitioner