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Omega-3s May Help Reduce PTSD Symptom

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological problem that affects people who have suffered from a traumatic event. One of the characteristics of PTSD is an increased heart rate. A recent study suggests that daily omega-3 supplements may help reduce heart rate increase associated with PTSD. 

Participants in the study included 83 people with PTSD who were given an omega-3 supplement containing 1470 mg of DHA and 147 mg of EPA or a placebo for 12 weeks. Supplementation began within 10 days of an accidental injury. After 12 weeks of supplementation, all of the participants performed a script-driven imagery of their traumatic event. The researchers monitored their heart rates and skin conductance during the reenactment of the event.

The researchers found that the omega-3 group had significantly lower heart rate both during rest and script-driven imagery when compared with the placebo group. Heart rates at the beginning of the study were similar between the two groups.

Researchers from the University of Toyama, Toyama Jonan Onsen Daini Hospital, and the National Cancer Center of Japan conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on May 31, 2016, in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved mood, improved joint mobility, reducing the risk of age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.

Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in omega-3s. For people who don’t like fish, consider taking a daily high quality non-fish supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.

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