A newly published meta-analysis determines that omega-3 oil supplements may reduce the signs of anxiety in some people. Anxiety is one of the most common psychiatric symptoms not just in the United State but all around the world.
It may show up in an individual i.e. anxiety disorder or in association with another mental disease i.e. depression. The advancements in pharmaceutical companies suggest serotonin reuptake inhibitors are helpful to treat anxiety.
However, anxiety and linked disorders treatment is another major concern for their delayed effects and dependence. Apart from medicines, using various techniques such as talking therapies is also helpful. These techniques are time taking and costly and also doesn’t affect everyone same way.
According to estimation, one in five adults in the USA are developing anxiety disorder every year. (Click here to read detailed statistics)
This alarming number of people suggests finding a safe, cost-effective and easy way to manage anxiety. It will benefit millions of people.
Omega 3 and its benefit in anxiety
Omega-3 is the name for polyunsaturated fatty acids that are normally a part of the fish oil. They are now available as health-boosting supplements, manufactured under different brand names. There are numerous researches on omega-3 supplements to suggest their benefits on health. However, all the popular myths about omega-3 supplements are not true.
Research from recent years showed that omega-3 has a potential to treat psychiatric conditions such as mood swings, depression, and anxiety disorder.
The anti-anxiety effects of omega-3 PUFAs, when studied on animal models, showed a remarkable success. For now, a study on rats proved that a diet with rich omega-3 sources significantly helps to reduce stress and anxiety linked behavior. (Click here to read the complete study findings)
The research on humans showed a positive relationship between PUFA level and stress. A study with human models showed that anxiety hit people are reported to have a low level of circulating Omega-3 PUFAs in their body. (Here is a link to this study)
All such studies have a limitation of the study sample. They are conducted on small sample size and cannot be related to the whole population. This new research was a meta-analysis that systemically reviewed this effect.
The research team studied the anxiolytic effects of Omega-3 PUFAs in anxiety-hit people. The data was collected from 19 different clinical trials that made a total of nearly 1200 participants. After initial analysis, it was clear that all studies support omega-3’s impact on reducing the stress level of the body.
Although all studied had different criteria for participants and the methods that they used for anxiety measurement but all showed nearly the same results. Most of these studies showed that the effect of omega-3 on anxiety is highly promising however it was not particularly studied that how influential is this effect.
This review indicates that omega-3 PUFAs reduce the symptoms of stress and more studies are required with a specific focus on anxiety-ridden people.
Before using omega-3 to treat psychiatric conditions, the researchers suggest more studies with comparatively large-scale investigations to be planned. It is necessary to know exactly how these omega-3 fatty acids impart benefits for reducing stress.
The research team believes that they interfere and control the neurobiological processes i.e. neurotransmitter release, inflammation, neuroplasticity, and others. That’s how they show a promising effect in psychiatric conditions. However more extensive research is needed to know which exact mechanism is involved in it.