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Omega 3 for depression | 3 COMMON MISTAKES most people make

Omega 3 for depression | 3 COMMON MISTAKES most people make


Hi, I’m Dr Janelle Sinclair. In today’s video we’re going to discuss Omega 3 for depression. I’m going to tell you which omega 3 supplements are effective, and at what dose to take them. We’ll also talk about 3 common mistakes that so many people make, which leads to the omega 3 supplements being ineffective for depression. You don’t want to make those mistakes If you haven’t met me before, I’m Dr Janelle Sinclair, I’ve got a PhD in biochemistry and I’m a natural medicine practitioner who specialises in mental health. And on this YouTube channel, you’ll find practical videos discussing effective and safe natural therapies to resolve depression and anxiety. Make sure that you stick around to the end to find out about other nutritional deficiencies that can lead to depression- that you’ll want to
treat. And if you’re new here, consider subscribing and hit that bell button so that you’re notified about our new weekly content. So let’s get into it. Omega 3 deficiency is common in depression, and studies show that Omega 3 supplementation can actually be as effective as standard antidepressant medications. But there is a catch, that you need to take the right Omega 3 supplements at the right dose for it to work. So let’s discuss 3 common mistakes, that I see a lot of people making when it comes to omega 3 for depression. Mistake number 1: Taking the wrong form of Omega 3. There’s 3 main omega 3 fatty acids. Alpha-linolenic acid: this is found in flaxseed oil Also Eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA: this fatty acid is found in fish oil and has anti-inflammatory effects Docosahexaenoic acid or DHA, is the 3rd main Omega 3, its found in fish oil and is the omega 3 that has the highest concentrations in the brain. Most people think that because DHA is the
highest omega 3 in the brain, that it is the best omega 3 type for depression. I even see lots of naturopaths making this mistake. But studies show that DHA is not effective
for depression. It’s actually EPA- with its anti-inflammatory effects, which can reduce depressive symptoms in half, in as little as 2-6 weeks. So MISTAKE number 1 is that people are taking DHA for depression. It is the wrong form. You must take EPA! Mistake number 2: Not taking enough Omega 3 Studies show that you need to take between 1,000 and 2000 milligrams of EPA per day to treat depression. The EPA is more effective if your supplement has only a small amount of DHA. You should try to get a supplement that has
twice as much EPA as DHA. If you look at a standard fish oil, you’ll
most likely find that in 1 capsule you have 180mg of EPA, and 120mg of DHA. To get adequate doses of omega 3 to treat
depression you would have to take 8-10 capsules per day, and even then the DHA would really
be too high. What you need to do, is take a concentrated
form of Omega 3. One that has between 500-600mg of EPA and
only 250mg of DHA per capsule. I’ve got this information in the description
section below the video, so check that out below. So the mistake that most people are making,
is that they aren’t taking enough EPA, and they’re taking too much DHA. So I’d like to know, have you ever taken omega
3 supplements? And do you think you were taking it in high
enough doses? Let me know in the comment section below, on your mobile phone that will be below all of the suggested videos. Right at the bottom Mistake number 3: People think they can get enough Omega 3 from their food to treat depression. In my opinion this just isn’t possible. To help maintain your omega 3 levels in a
healthy person, yes diet can be enough. But to treat depression- you just can’t do
it with your food. Let me explain a little bit more. Lets assume that you need 2000mg of total
EPA and DHA to treat depression. To keep it simple, let’s not worry about the
quantity of EPA compared to DHA that we’re getting in the food. To get 2000mg of EPA and DHA, you’d need to eat 150 grams, that’s 5 ounces, of salmon every day. And if you don’t like salmon, or it’s too
expensive, how about eating tuna. You only need to eat 850 grams or 30 ounces of canned tuna per day! It’s not very realistic is it, and I don’t think you’d want to eat that much tuna. And the amount of heavy metals that you’d be exposed to if you’re eating this much fish just isn’t acceptable either. If you’re thinking that you might want to use flaxseed, I wouldn’t recommend that at all. The flaxseed just doesn’t have EPA and DHA in it the body does convert the Omega 3 in flaxseed to these omega 3s but it’s very poor at doing that So if you were to try, you’d need 3-10 tablespoons of flaxseed per day And because flaxseed has a laxative effect, I don’t think you’d want to try that So do you understand why trying to treat depression by raising your omega 3 levels with diet alone just isn’t a good idea You really need to take omega 3 supplementation Now I promised you that I’d tell you about
some nutritional deficiencies that can lead to depression. Vitamin D deficiencies are an overlooked cause
of depression. Check out my video on that here. And also check my video out that discusses
5 common biological causes of depression, that can be treated naturally. If you’ve found this video helpful, like it
and share it with a friend. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the
next video.

28 comments on “Omega 3 for depression | 3 COMMON MISTAKES most people make

  1. Have you ever taken Omega 3 fish oil to try to treat your depression? Was it successful? Or do you think you may have made some of the mistakes that I've mentioned in this video?

  2. Thanks for this informative video Janelle. Would you still recommend this EPA/DHA ratio for someone who is almost certainly omega 3 deficient (14yr old vegetarian) but doesn't have signs of depression? (Strong family history of mental unwellness though)

  3. Hi Janelle,
    Thank you for this very informative video. I currently take a healthy daily dose of flaxseed oil. Can I take a high quality fish oil omega 3 supplement as well? I have read that combining the two is not a good idea but can't find any solid evidence to why.

  4. nice video, however i cant find any omega 3 with the epa/dha ratio u suggest. the best i could find has EPA 425mg and DHA 325mg and 7.5 mg vit E per 1 capsule

  5. I'm taking 5-HTP at night 50mg I wanted to know when is a good time to take the Omega-3 supplements morning afternoon or also a bedtime?

  6. Hi. Very informative video. For how long is it safe to take omega 3 suplements? (in the right dosage of corse)

  7. Good info. You need a mic to connect direct to video so it won’t sound like someone is talking In a tunnel 🙂

  8. My experience largely agrees with this video. I have psychotic major depression.I take 200mg sertraline(s.s.r.i.)per day.This drug is essential and has transformed my 'hell'.
    However, the 80% improvement was not enough. experimenting with large amounts of natural treatments only omega 3 oils helped. I started on a standard low dose and noticed slight improvements after 8 days. Increased to more potent omega 3s and even better, ended up with the highest dose omega 3 even better. I noticed benefits on the standard low dose though i seem to be highly responsive.
    I now take omega 3 oil supplements which have no DHA and higher EPA, the results are very powerful. I was on 1.2 grams EPA per day, now on pure EPA, i raised to 1.5 grams with noticeable improvements so now on 2 grams a day and even better.
    so omega 3 and EPA have enabled me to avoid more drugs which is my goal

  9. I use Nature Made fish oil. The ratios are 1.5/1 for EPA/DHA. I hope that's good enough and not too much DHA. I take about 4 a day. about 1400 mg EPA/ 960 mg DHA.

  10. After a month of omega 3 for anxiety depression treatment i can say for sure that it works for me. Depression 70-80% better anxiety 50-60% i am very thank full for your help throu this video

  11. Hello Dr, I take a baby aspirin every other day. Would you recommend taking the Omega 3 the days I don’t take the baby aspirin? Thank you!

  12. Started taking fish oil about 3 months back. Used to have brain fog ,low mood and slight anxiety. Start noticing good mood and low anxiety recently , I asked myself what was I doing differently this past months and connected the dot to fish oil. I was taking triple strength fish oil with high EPA. When I start researching on fish oil benefit , then realise the benefit Of fish oil with high EPA

  13. Hi is there anything for schizophrenia schizofective /bipolar that acts just like seroquel also is there a alternative that act just ativan for anxiety thanks like your video's

  14. Great video! I take Carlson Fish Oil 800 mg EPA 500 mg DHA per tsp. I take 3 tsp before going to bed. Is this too much DHA? I do sometimes get tired the next day.

  15. Excellent video Dr. Sinclair. Do you think you could do a follow up video on the EPA vs. DHA issue? There seems to be a lot of emphasis on DHA from a variety of sources. One example from Dr. Perlmutter's website is – https://www.drperlmutter.com/study/comparing-epa-to-dha-study-in-men-and-women/
    Why is there such confusion on the issue among natural medicine practitioners?

  16. Hi is there anything for schizophrenia schizofective /bipolar that acts just like seroquel also is there a alternative that act just ativan for anxiety thanks like your video's…/

  17. Does it matter if I take the capsules all together or should I divide them up during the day?

    Thanks for your help Dr. Janelle! ❤️🙏

  18. Thank you so much. I checked my bottle of cod liver oil and it contains only 100 mg EPA and 240 mg DHA per capsule, no wonder it did nothing for me.

  19. Doctor, thank you for the video. Sorry for the long question but I am wondering if you are recommending to opt for fish oil supplements with low amounts of DHA because it somehow gets in the way of EPA to perform its function to the fullest or are you saying it simply because those products with low DHA tend to have higher EPA in comparison and therefore much more preferable for depression? I am asking this question because I recently purchased fish oil supplement which has 1125 mg of EPA and 875 mg of DHA per 2 softgels, but then I found a different one which has much higher EPA (1060 mg ) compared to DHA (260 mg) per 2 softgels which made me think even though EPA levels are more or less the same in both cases, whether I should take the ratio of EPA to DHA into consideration as well or not. Or would you say that as long as the required amount of EPA is there DHA shouldn't be a problem (or perhaps even better for overall health purposes)? Thanks.

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