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17 Science-Based Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids - superadmin - 10-24-2020

Omega-3 fatty acids are incredibly important.

They have many powerful health benefits for your body and brain.

In fact, few nutrients have been studied as thoroughly as omega-3 fatty acids.

Here are 17 health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids that are supported by science.

1. Omega-3s Can Fight Depression and Anxiety

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world.

Symptoms include sadness, lethargy and a general loss of interest in life (1, 2).

Anxiety, also a common disorder, is characterized by constant worry and nervousness (3Trusted Source).

Interestingly, studies indicate that people who consume omega-3s regularly are less likely to be depressed (4Trusted Source, 5Trusted Source).

What’s more, when people with depression or anxiety start taking omega-3 supplements, their symptoms improve (6, 7, 8Trusted Source).

There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA and DHA. Of the three, EPA appears to be the best at fighting depression (9Trusted Source).

One study even found EPA as effective against depression as a common antidepressant drug (10).

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