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Level up your mental health by adding Omega 3 fatty acids

Level up your mental health by adding Omega 3 fatty acids

Feeling frustrated and depressed? Let me introduce you to the mood-boosting fatty acids – Omega 3.  Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for optimal health and wellness, as they play a vital role in the body’s physiological processes. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) all have important functions within our bodies, making them essential for overall health. DHA is known to help with brain function, EPA helps reduce inflammation throughout the body while ALA aids cell growth and development.

How does omega-3 help mental health?

Studies have found that regular intake of omega 3 can improve mood by increasing serotonin levels in the brain which may help relieve depression symptoms. Additionally, it may also be beneficial for those suffering from anxiety disorders or bipolar disorders due to its anti-inflammatory effects on the body’s nervous system. It has been suggested that a higher intake of these polyunsaturated fats can lead to improved cognitive performance and emotional well-being as well as reducing feelings of stress or agitation caused by mental illness conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders. Studies suggest that when adequate levels of these fatty acids are present within our bodies’ natural systems it can help prevent imbalances leading to increased mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety because they aid communication between neurons allowing them to send signals more effectively throughout our brains thus helping us achieve better emotional states regardless of if we’re feeling down or up at times!

Furthermore, recent research indicates that omega-3 may help alleviate the side effects associated with some medications used for treating mental health disorders by improving nerve cell communication which helps better control abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

What about the sources of omega 3 fatty acids?

Fish and seafood are the most common source of omega-3 fatty acids, with oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies being particularly rich in these essential nutrients. A correlation between fish consumption and a decrease in the annual prevalence of major depression was found in a study that undertook multinational comparisons. Countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Germany were characterized by low levels of fish intake and relatively high rates of major depression whereas countries like Korea & Japan had higher intakes leading to lower rates. This suggests that increasing your dietary intake could help reduce the burden associated with this mental health disorder. Other sources include vegetables like spinach and kale which contain small amounts of omega 3 as well as nuts like walnuts and almonds and seeds including chia seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. There are several reasons why someone might suffer from an omega-3 deficiency; this includes dietary choices (such as not eating enough fish) or certain medical conditions which inhibit the body’s ability to absorb nutrients properly (like malabsorption syndrome). Additionally, those who take medications like statins could find themselves suffering from insufficient intake due to their side effects reducing absorption rates.

However, did you know that your genetic makeup can influence how effectively your body utilises and processes omega-3 fatty acids?

DNA testing unlocks crucial insights into your unique genetic variations that impact your omega-3 fatty acid metabolism. Research has shown that individuals of the Indian population may possess certain genetic variants that affect the conversion of omega-3 fatty acids, such as EPA and DHA, into their active forms. Understanding these variations can help tailor your diet plan to ensure optimal omega-3 fatty acid intake.

Unlock.fit leverages your genetic information to provide personalised dietary recommendations that maximise omega-3 absorption and we enables you to unlock the power of your genetics, providing personalised diet plans that optimise your omega-3 fatty acid intake. Take charge of your health today with Unlock.fit and embark on a journey towards a healthier, more vibrant you.

Ayisha Nasneena

Ayisha Nasneena is a Clinical Nutritionist with a strong academic background in Clinical nutrition. She obtained her master's degree from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Clinical Nutrition in Food Science. Ayisha also holds a MOOC certification from the University of Netherlands in Sports, Nutrition, and Exercise. She is dedicated to introducing the benefits of evidence-based nutrition to individuals to enhance their health and well-being through the power of good food.

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