DHA deficiency increases anger and hostility

woman-angry(NaturalHealth365) There’s now a considerable amount of evidence that shows the negative effects of a DHA shortage in the brain. While the scientific community was already aware of the benefits of DHA and omega 3s in reducing inflammation and promoting optimal neuronal functioning; more recent studies are confirming that DHA is crucial to the health of brain neurotransmitters, cognitive functioning and a positive mood.

Without enough DHA, people are far more prone to anger and hostility.

DHA is one of the most potent omega 3s.  The health-sustaining benefits of omega 3 are already well-known; however, there is now increasing evidence that DHA can support brain health and the optimal functioning of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the brain’s chemical messengers, ensuring smooth, clear communication between cells and neurons.

Seven of the top brain benefits of DHA and omega-3 supplementation include:

1. Reduced anger and hostility

Low DHA levels are associated with high levels of hostility and anger, while the benefits of omega 3 include more even-keeled and consistent moods. Students tested for increased angry, hostile behavior close to final exam time in college were found to be up to 65 percent more aggressive if they were not taking DHA or omega 3 supplements.

Those taking the supplements showed no increase in anger or hostility during this stressful time of the school year.

2. Improved memory and learning

Studies have shown that taking DHA supplements can support the brain’s hippocampus in optimal neurotransmitter release. DHA is associated with improved neuroplasticity and the brain’s ability to repair itself. This can help to preserve memory as well as reverse age-related memory loss.

It is believed that DHA increases fluidity in cellular membranes as well, improving neurotransmitter functioning, dendrite growth and cellular signaling.

3. Increased levels of healthy brain neurotransmitters

DHA deficiencies have been linked with depressed levels of dopamine, the chemical that gives you that positive, rewarded feeling. It also seems to act on other brain chemicals like serotonin, glutamate, acetylcholine and norepinephrine, promoting optimal levels and a chemical balance in the brain and body.

4. Improved cognitive functioning

DHA and other omega 3s are also associated with a better attention span and an increased ability to focus, learn, and follow through with tasks. This is in large part due to its positive regulatory effect on neurotransmitters.

5. Reduced risk of mental illness

Mental illnesses like schizophrenia as well as the mood disorders depression and anxiety are all linked with low levels of the important omega 3 oil DHA.

6. Lowered risk of destructive addiction behaviors

Because it supports key neurotransmitter levels like dopamine and serotonin, DHA can help with reducing the risk of being compelled to engage in addictive behaviors.

7. Reduces harmful brain inflammation

Chronic brain inflammation and the shrinking of the hippocampus are both associated with depression, PTSD and memory loss. Taking DHA and omega 3s regularly is linked with reducing inflammation and restoring hippocampus size.

Most health-conscious individuals are aware of the benefits of omega 3 for general health. However, now there is an abundance of evidence that it protects neurological functioning and promotes a dramatically reduced tendency toward anger and hostility.

Optimal doses of DHA are from 240 to 1,000 mg, depending upon current health status. If you are already taking omega 3s, read the label carefully to ensure that it contains a high enough amount of DHA for your needs.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8613538

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18072818

http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2008/1/report_dhafishoil/Page-02

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  • Jodie Weiss

    Could it be people with addition are missing Omega-3 in their diet? I am sure no one with this problem has been told this.

  • Laurence R

    Usually people with anger problems are sent to anger management programs. I am sure nearly all of these programs don’t focus on nutrition. Perhaps this is why all addiction and anger intervention usually doesn’t work.

  • Fern Paulson

    This should be something that is started in the teen years. Omega 3 is so important to regulate neurotransmitters. This is the time when you can see problems and it is never too early to do something about it.

  • Trent H

    I have anxiety attacks for no reason. Now, there may be a reason I have a high junk food diet, this may be what I am missing among other nutrients.

  • Charles

    My wife gets angry over nothing and suffers from depression her diet needs improvement. This may help me help her, since she is not happy with her situation.

  • Melvin Barker

    This along with the B vitamins makes a world of difference in the elderly. Why this isn’t common knowledge is hard to understand and accept.