Omega 3 EPA: Natures Very Own Anti-Depressant
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Article Title: Omega 3 EPA: Nature�s Very Own Anti-Depressant
Author: Dave Mcevoy
Category: Wellness, Fitness and Diet
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Since Dr Malcolm Peet, a consultant psychiatrist at Sheffield
swallow court hospital released his findings about the effects
of Ethyl Epa and its effects on people suffering from
depression and low moods, many other studies have been
performed using Ethyl Epa to help treat depression and related
disorders. The vast majority of the studies that have been
performed consistently confirmed that Ethyl Epa, a natural
substance found in omega 3 fish oil, helps relieve depression
and low moods.
The idea that high grade omega 3 EPA could be used to help
combat depression and other related disorders came from the
late Dr Horribin, who as early as the 1970s was a pioneer in
lipid research involving the brain and central nervous system.
Since the findings at Sheffield, studies have been conducted
round the world, Harvard university 1999, London Hammersmith
hospital 2001 and Israel Ben Gurion University 2002 to name
but a few.
EPA As Part Of A Healthy Diet
EPA is part of the Omega 3 chain of ecosanoids and is most
commonly found in fatty fish such as fresh salmon, mackerel,
pilchards and sardines. Over the past 100 years the diet
patterns of most people in the west has shifted dramatically to
include far more hydrogenated oils and Trans fatty acids (bad
fats) this is largely due to the increased consumption of fast
food and ready made meals. Even people who think they eat a
healthy diet consume way too much omega 6 and not enough omega
Researchers have recently found that a diet high in Tran�s
fatty acids could affect the mood stabilizing hormones within
the brain, this is thought to be due to the saturated fats
slowing down the messaging system within the brain, should this
happen then the onset of depression could occur.
How Does EPA Work?
While the benefits of high grade EPA have been well documented,
the scientific community still don�t know exactly how EPA works
on the brain, one theory released by Dr Basant Puri is that it
eases the passage of the signals over the tiny gaps in the
brain called synapses. Another theory was that the high Grade
Epa actually worked similar to lithium and had anti depressant
properties of its own.
Until recently it was widely accepted in the medical community
that once a human reached maturity that the adult brain could
not grow anymore, in a recent paper just released by Dr Puri
his findings show other wise. Dr Puri scanned a 21 year patient
before treating him with high grade Pure Epa, after the course
of treatment he rescanned the young man only to find that the
grey matter of the brain had increased in size.
Omega 3 EPA And The Body
As well as EPA being very good for helping to balance mood it
has other well documented effects on the body, these included:-
� Blood thinning properties
� Decrease risk of heart attack
� Decrease growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque
� Slightly lower blood pressure
There is also some limited scientific evidence to show that
high grade EPA has helped people suffering from:-
� Bipolar disorder
� Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME
� Huntington�s disease
� Obsessive compulsive disorder
Although more research needs to be done in these areas, the
current evidence looks very promising.
EPA Versus DHA
Omega 3 fish oil contains another omega 3 nutrient called DHA,
there is a currently a controversial argument as to which omega
3 nutrient is the more beneficial in dealing with depression and
related disorders. This Argument is born from doctors who have
used high grade Epa , Horribin, Puri and Peet They claim that
the higher the ratio of Epa to Dha the more effective the
results have been, just recently Dr Andrew Stoll has also come
out in support of this theory.
EPA From Food
Any good doctor or nutritionist will tell you that the best way
to get any nutrient is to eat a very balanced diet of the
correct amount of carbohydrates , protein and omega essential
fatty acids. In the case of Omega 3 epa this would be in the
form of fish, unfortunately due to the high concentration
levels of epa needed to obtain a therapeutic dose you would
have to consume a large amount of oily fish daily and sadly due
to the pollution levels found in our oceans today this is not
Omega 3 Epa can also be found in high doses in certain fish oil
supplements, when choosing a fish oil supplement you should
choose only the fish oil of the highest quality it should
also have as high an EPA to DHA ratio as possible,for maximum
The large majority of scientific trails using high grade Omega
3 Ethyl Epa point towards this natural oil being very
beneficial for many conditions. The argument about the DHA
rages on and probably will until some solid scientific
evidence is presented to us .In the mean time a product with a
high EPA to DHA ratio is considered more beneficial by some
leading UK doctors.
About The Author: Dave mcevoy: A great resource for high grade
omega 3 Ethly EPA, with a 90% concentrate of EPA and Zero DHA
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