No one wants to feel anxious, so what can you do? The aim of this research was to find out if omega 3 fatty acids would reduce inflammatory markers and symptoms of anxiety in healthy young adults (Kiecolt-Glaser JK, et.al., 2011).
The participants of this double blind placebo controlled study were 68 medical students. The research took 12 weeks.
They provided blood samples during lower-stress periods and also on days before an exam.
The students received either 2.5 g per day of omega 3 fish oil capsules consisting of 2085 mg of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and 348 mg of DHA (docosahexanoic acid) or placebo capsules.
Compared to controls, the students who received the omega 3 fatty acids showed a 14% decrease in lipopolysaccharide stimulated interleukin 6 (IL-6) production which is an inflammatory marker, and a 20% reduction in anxiety symptoms.
Because the absorption and metabolism of omega 3 fatty acid supplements can differ, a secondary analysis was also performed. This showed that a lower omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acid ratio led to lower anxiety and reductions in stimulated IL-6 and TNF-alpha production, both inflammatory markers.
Supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids if the dose of EPA is high enough can reduce both inflammation and symptoms of anxiety even in young and healthy people.
Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Belury MA, Andridge R, Malarkey WB, Glaser R. Omega-3 supplementation lowers inflammation and anxiety in medical students: a randomized controlled trial. Brain Behav Immun. 2011 Nov;25(8):1725-34.
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