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Omega-3s May Help Relieve PTSD Symptoms

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs after someone suffers a trauma and has a difficult time recovering. A recent study suggests that higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the severity of PTSD symptoms.


This study was a secondary analysis of data from a study that included 110 people who had suffered severe physical injury as a result of an accident and had PTSD as a result. The participants were given either an omega-3 supplement containing 1,470 mg of DHA and 147 mg of EPA or a placebo daily for 12 weeks. Changes in fatty acid levels and PTSD severity were measured at baseline and at 12 weeks.


At the conclusion of the study, increased levels of EPA and DHA and changes in the EPA:AA and EPA:DHA ratios resulted in decreased PTDS severity. Additionally, an increase in omega-3 arachidonic acid (AA) levels was associated with increased PTSD severity.


Researchers from the Center for Public Health Sciences at the National Cancer Center Japan conducted the study. It was published on November 15, 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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