Many recent studies have highlighted the fundamental importance of nutrition in managing stress and anxiety levels. In a newly published clinical trial, a high daily dose of the long-chain omega-3 found in fish oils (EPA and DHA) appeared to help slow the effects of aging by suppressing damage and boosting protection at the cellular level during and after a stressful event.
Compared to the placebo group, participants taking a supplement providing 2.5 grams of omega-3 for 4 months showed the following benefits:
The lead author of the paper, Annelise Madison, highlighted that:
The researchers also suggested that by lowering stress-related inflammation, omega-3s may help disrupt the connection between repeated stress and depressive symptoms. Previous research has suggested that people with a higher inflammatory reaction to a stressor in the lab may develop more depressive symptoms over time.
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Dr Alex Richardson presents a scientific overview of the importance of dietary choline, as well as omega-3 DHA, in early life:
“Few people appreciate the critical importance of Choline, as well as DHA, for brain health and cognition, or how to achieve optimal intakes, which is not easy. But if they did – they would do something about it”.
During pregnancy and early infancy, choline plays a key role in brain development – with potentially lifelong implications for cognitive function – not least because it helps get omega-3 DHA into the developing baby’s brain.
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This episode examines the evidence that shows the beneficial effect of nutrition on childhood behavioural disorders, and the surprising and worrying link between hunger and school exclusions.
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