Omega-3s lower anxiety levels

In one study of omega-3s and anxiety, 68 healthy, young medical students took 2,085 mg of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) plus 348 mg of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) per day, or a placebo of fatty acids typical in the American diet. Participants gave blood samples during low-stress periods and on days before exams.

After 12 weeks, compared to the placebo group, the omega-3 group had 14 percent fewer signs of stress-related inflammation and 20 percent fewer anxiety symptoms, with no change in depressive symptoms.

Doctors concluded omega-3 supplements may reduce anxiety in those without anxiety disorder. 

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