Mental illness is a huge concern today. In the U.S., 1 in 5 or 20% of adults experience mental illness in a given year. In Canada, 20% will experience mental illness in their lifetime. In the U.K., 1 in 4 or 25% of people are affected by mental illness in a given year. This quick overview of mental illness statistics is no joke as some of these might result to suicidal.
Fortunately, both vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to helpful for treatment of mental illness. Although previous studies didn’t clearly understood the mechanism, one study published at the journal of FASEB provides some insights of the mood-boosting effects of both vitamin D and Omega-3. Details of the study can also be found here.
Maintaining a healthy brain is vital as many experts say, the brain is the command center of the body and our connection to the spiritual realm. Therefore, it is vital to optimize brain health. Both vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids are helpful for that as explained in the video above. Low levels of serotonin are linked with several mental illnesses such as autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression. Serotonin also affects one’s behavior particular impulsiveness and making decisions.
Summary of the Study
- EPA helps decrease inflammation in the brain and helps the release of serotonin.
- DHA helps in increasing the fluidity of brain cells allowing serotonin to get to the receptors a lot more quickly.
- Vitamin D helps the regulation of the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin.
- The combination of Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids provides protection against mental illness by boosting the level of serotonin.
One of the leading consumers of psychiatric medications is the American people. However, these drugs have side effects including blurry vision, insomnia, weight gain, dry mouth, and among many others. It has also been reported that these drugs can cause suicidal incidents. Instead of taking drugs you have options. One of the options is to eat foods rich in Vitamin D and Omega-3.
The sun provides an unlimited source of the right kind of vitamin D for the body. Hence, make it a habit to have sun exposure whenever you can. The same is true with Omega-3 fatty acids. Fish and certain nuts are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.
If you want to make sure you’re getting enough, there are supplementations you can take. Unlike the psychiatric drugs, supplementations don’t have the side effects while supporting mental health.