Stressed Out? Depressed? Worried About a Heart Attack?
If you’re kind of person who gets stressed out easily, and especially, if you’re depressed, anxious, withdrawn, hostile or impulsive, you’re a heart attack waiting to happen. Research shows that any one of these negative personality traits — but especially, a mix of several of them — increases your chances of having heart disease by 40% or more.
The connection? Your stress hormones, such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol are triggered by feelings of anxiety and anger, and they target your cardiovascular system. They constrict arteries and accelerate the formation of blockages, setting the stage for high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, chronic inflammation and metabolic syndrome, which can lead to diabetes.
And that’s where fish oil comes in. Whatever your situation in life, or your personality type, the omega-3 fats in fish oil can reduce the effects of stress on your heart. Omega-3s might even help to make you a happier, nicer person!
Fish oil works throughout your body in many ways. It makes blood less sticky and thick, reducing the risk of harmful blood clots. It helps blood vessels walls relax, reducing blood pressure. It helps insulin work better so your blood sugar and insulin levels stay within a healthy range. (High levels damage blood vessels.)
But that’s not all. Intriguing research suggests that taking supplemental fish oil can lift depression and actually help you to calm down in the face of stress. People with high blood levels of omega-3s are less likely to report feeling depressed than people with low levels. They’re less likely to try to commit suicide. They respond better to antidepressant therapy. And they’re less aggressive.
In one study, Japanese researchers found that people who took fish oil were less likely to become more socially aggressive at a time of severe mental stress: final exams. In another study, British researchers found that boys with behavioral problems who took fish oil had a significant drop in violent outbursts and need for restraint compared to those getting a placebo. Those with the worst behavior seemed to be helped the most! In fact, the latest research suggests that fish oil promotes structural improvement in areas of the brain related to emotional arousal and regulation. And when it comes to chilling out, that’s something we all need!
The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: Lots of people don’t get enough omega-3 fats, and, these days, most fish contains toxic mercury! Fish oil capsules are safest way to get the fish oil you need to protect your heart and improve your mood. Make sue you get only molecularly-distilled fish oil, which has all toxins removed. Most research recommends 1,000 – 5,000 mg a day. We recommend taking a good multivitamin along with the fish oil, to get the other nutrients also involved in heart protection and healthy brain function.
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Article updated on: October 29th, 2009