Omega 3 for Depression and ADHD
There are a number of studies that link Omega 3 to improvements with both depression and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
But not any old Omega 3 ! … it’s all about the EPA:DHA or EPA/DHA ratios.? They need to be high – which is?NOT what we normally find in the average Omega 3’s for sale.
Dr Andrew Stoll at Harvard University has worked with the relationship between high ratio Omega 3 and depression and his work is documented in his book The Omega 3 Connection, which I recommend to all depression sufferers.
The?Omega 3 that Stoll worked with has a 7:1 EPA/DHA ratio? – which is a very uncommon percentage or ratio.? e.g. this high percentage is not available in Australia at this point.
The highest ratio I can find in Australia is?the brand “eye q” which has a ratio of 3:1.? I personally take this supplement every day – just for general wellbeing.? If I were depressed I?would take more capsules each day.? I think this is definitely worth investigating.
You can also find more information at https://www.sleeplessnomore.com/catalog/depression.html
Co-incidentally, that same ‘eye q’ brand of Omega 3 was the subject of study done by Dr Natalie Sinn at the University of South Australia which showed notable improvement in up to 50% of children suffering from ADHD over a 30 week period using high EPA fish oil.? More study is being done in this area.? (So note, it doesn’t look like a quick fix, but a lifestyle change.)
A reference to this work is found at:
and on the page https://www.sleeplessnomore.com/catalog/hyperactivity.html
And here’s Dr Natalie Sinn in her TV interview, if you like video http://today.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=815305
How do you Calculate the EPA/DHA Ratio?? … if maths isn’t your game?
Before purchasing Omega 3 have a look at the label on the pack (we’re doing more of that now aren’t we?).
The label will show a mg content for both EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid).? You divide the EPA mg number by the DHA mg number to find the ratio.? The normal ratio is 1.5:1? (or one and a half to one) like 300 mg and 200 mg – even in “high potency” Omega 3.???What you are looking for is 3:1 up to 7:1.? In some countries products are avalable in 5:1 and 7:1 – but not Australia, yet.??
If you do find availablility information email me and I’ll post it up here.
On the eye q brand the numbers are:? EPA 92 mg, DHA 28mg – divide EPA by DHA = 92/28 = 3.28 – actually slightly higher than 3:1 – even better!?
Don’t get put off by 1200 mg… or any bigger numbers on the side… do the?calculation if you want to know whether it will make this difference… and just vary the number of capsules you take of it to get a good intake.
So what are the other good brands available around the world? One is OmegaBrite Omega-3, and you can get “OmegaBrite for Kidz” too.? This is the brand used by Dr Andrew Stoll in his studies.? Available in New Zealand (and other countries too I expect, not in Australia).
Nutra Sea is a high potency Omega 3 with EPA:DHA ratio of 3:1 which is also good. (Not available to my knowledge in Australia, certainly available in Canada, from Ascenta.)
Worth investigating is Mind 1st PuraEPA which is 90% EPA, and no DHA.? Available in the UK, maybe other countries too (not Australia).? DHA free, with virgin evening primrose oil and Vitamin E.
The top EPA:DHA’s in the world when I did an extensive study were (these figures are a few years old):
Mind 1st Pura EPA.? 90% EPA, no DHA
Omega Brite 6.81:1
eye q brand 3.28:1
Nutra Sea by Ascenta 3:1
Hope this helps