But those weren't the effects that compelled me to study these fats years ago. It was omega-3's impact on mood and mental state that had me pouring over the research. And what a heap of mood research has come to pass since then.
Here's a nice synopsis, by Alan Logan:
Omega-3 fatty acids and major depression: A primer for the mental health professional
- From Lipids in Health and Disease, 2004
"... there is enough epidemiological, laboratory and clinical evidence to suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may play a role in certain cases of depression."Mr. Logan's report contains references not just to depression, but to a variety of studies involving omega-3 and the central nervous system. They address the fat's relationship to:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial behavior
- Bipolar disorder
- Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
- Post-partum depression
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- ... and one he didn't reference but has been linked to omega-3, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD)
In light of the nuclear one-upmanship taking place among the world's sovereign states, I recommend the next time Condi goes calling overseas, she does so bearing gifts, particularly some of our tasty omega-3-rich Wild Alaskan Salmon. Yessiree Bob, a little salmon today, a little less violent antisocial behavior tomorrow. Heck, let's make it a regular menu item at the White House.
1 Thank you, Jim, for the heads-up.
Photo by Kent Lacin.