Fish Oil Linked To Reduced Anxiety And Inflammation
July 19, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
Fish oil has been shown to possibly reduce anxiety and inflammation in young people. A recent study conducted at Ohio State University suggests that if young people can benefit from fish oil, then there is a strong chance that findings will be similar for the elderly and those who are at high risk of developing certain diseases.
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids were found in previous studies to possibly reduce levels of cytokines in the body. Stress and anxiety have been linked to increased cytokine production, so researchers set out to determine if there could be a connection between adding more omega-3 in the diet and a decrease in stress.
Researchers tested their theory on college students. The results, though preliminary, are promising.
“We saw a 14 percent reduction in the amounts of IL-6 (a cytokine) among the students receiving the omega-3,” said researcher Ron Glaser. Since the cytokines foster inflammation, “anything we can do to reduce cytokines is a big plus in dealing with the overall health of people at risk for many diseases,” he added.
Scientists believe this research may lead to new treatments for anxiety and inflammation for people of all ages.