Anxiety Food: Fish Oil
The belly rules the mind. ~Spanish Proverb
Of all the things you can do to help cope with your anxiety, the most simple would be to add anti-anxiety foods to your diet. I will be posting and podcasting about various types of foods and supplements that can help you cope with your anxiety. However, today I want to focus on fish oil. Fish oil is derived from oily fish like salmon, mackerel, lake trout, flounder and albacore tuna (eat lightly). The food that salmon and similar fish eat produces omega-3 fatty acids that you can consume by munching on the big fish.
Because some of these fish are known to be somewhat toxic (Biomagnification) they should be eaten moderately. To avoid this I take a 1200 mg supplement pill (you can up the dose if you like to 2400 mg) of fish oil every single day. I feel that it does work for me. It helps to manage my mood and it has no side effects. As you all might know by now I am a staunch proponent of taking natural eatables to help me with my anxiety. I am not against meds per say, but I stay away from them because of the potential for side effects.
According to some experts (based on scientific research studies) there is some evidence to suggest that regular consumption of fish oil can help with anxiety, depression, cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease prevention and the list goes on my friends. There is no such thing as a magic bullet for anything, but this is close. Researchers do caution that some of the data is inconclusive and so there is a debate out there about whether or not this stuff works, but I believe it does. Harvard research labs have done studies that show it helps people with bipolar disorder and depression, the latter of which is related to anxiety which is a type of mood disorder. Just remember that depending on the severity of your anxiety you might have to take a lot more than I do, but that doesn’t mean you have to pop pills all day either. There is plenty of food rich in omega 3 fatty acids and all kinds of yummy ways to cook them up. If your unsure of the doses talk to your doctor.
The bottom line is that I love the stuff and I did start feeling better after I started taking them. I also was skeptical about whether or not they would help when I started the regimen, but now it is an everyday part of my anti-anxiety food plan. Eating healthy is always a safe bet and when you have an anxiety disorder or PTSD you want to do everything you can to help manage those brain juices (chemicals) and other vital bodily functions, such as maintaining a healthy heart, which for anxiety sufferers is awesome because that is one less worry for us. You really don’t have to curl up into a ball when you have anxiety because you always have the option of doing something about it while you accept it for now and get better overtime.