Omega-3 Deficiencies and Mood Disorders

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Omega-3 deficiency may be linked to mood disorders

According to a January 30 article in Science Daily, “Deficiency of Dietary Omega-3 May Explain Depressive Behaviors,” researchers discovered that “reduced levels of omega-3 had deleterious consequences on synaptic functions and emotional behaviors.” Additional excerpts:

“Our results can now corroborate clinical and epidemiological studies which have revealed associations between an omega-3/omega-6 imbalance and mood disorders,” explain Olivier Manzoni and Sophie Layé. “To determine if the omega-3 deficiency is responsible for these neuropsychiatric disorders additional studies are, of course, required.”

In conclusion, the [study] authors estimate that their results provide the first biological components of an explanation for the observed correlation between omega-3 poor diets, which are very widespread in the industrialized world, and mood disorders such as depression.

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References:

INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) (2011, January 30). Deficiency of dietary omega-3 may explain depressive behaviors. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 31, 2011.

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