Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Major Depression

July 21st, 2011 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Omega-3 fatty acids play a critical role in the development and function of the central nervous system. Emerging research is establishing an association between omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic, eicosapentaenoic, docosahexaenoic) and major depressive disorder. Evidence from epidemiological, laboratory and clinical studies suggest that dietary lipids and other associated nutritional factors may influence vulnerability and outcome in depressive disorders. Research in this area is growing at a rapid pace.

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Dr. Keith and Laurie Nemec’s comment on Omega 3 fatty acids and major depression.
This abstract from the Journal of Lipids and Health and Disease very simply states that research has found that Omega 3 fatty acids do play a critical role in the development and function of the central nervous system and when there is a deficiency of these, it can greatly influence the vulnerability and outcome in depressive disorders. What this abstract is showing is very simply, your brain and nervous system need fat. It needs a blend of the essential fatty acids, a proper ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids. Typically what has been recommend in this case is to eat more cold water fish. The problem with this is fish is toxic, all fish is toxic. Farm raised fish is toxic due to the chemicals that are in the water and in the feed, wild fish is toxic due to the mercury and other things that are being dumped into the water sources. So much so that they have put a warning that pregnant women limit, greatly limit the amount of fish they eat due to the mercury toxicity and the potential risk and damage to the unborn child. So where can we get our Omega 3’s fatty acids in the perfect ratio with out the toxicity that comes from fish?

Remember when God designed the world, he designed the world in the Garden of Eden, and the diet was a living, raw plant based diet. There was no death, there was no diet of killing animals to eat. All the nutrients were supplied by the plants. This is the diet, the first diet promoted total health and this is still the diet that promotes total health. The best source of the Omega 3 fatty acids and the perfects ratio are two seeds in the plant kingdom. These are hemp seeds and flax seeds. So in a living,raw plant based diet, we always recommend the addition of hemp seeds and flax seeds.   These seeds not only have proper ratio of Omega 3’s and Omega 6 fatty acids, but in having an organic non chemical living seed as your source these Omega 3’s not only balance the nervous system, and as this abstract shows, help with depression and mental and emotional disorders, but also helps with pain, inflammation, numbness, tingling, weakness and burning. All these are symptoms of the central nervous system imbalance.

The biggest of course is the anti-inflammatory characteristics of the essential fatty acids. So, with inflammation as the root of all disease including cancer so these omega 3’s are an important part of any alternative cancer treatment.  If we have the Omega 3’s in an organic living source, which is the Hemp Seeds and the Flax Seeds, this will promote total health in the highest level. It is important that we get our Omega 3’s from the right sources, in organic living source and an organic raw source that has no chemicals, toxins or mercury or any other possible chemicals. And also, it is important to understand that when we take these, we take them in the pure state, which is in the whole seed state, which can be blended or ground, but even fresh, and heat never applied to it. We do not recommend oils that have been extracted from the seeds, because the oils can oxidize, the oils are still the void of the full spectrum of nutrients. So we do not recommend flax oil, or hemp oil, but the whole flax seed and the whole hemp seed. And this is just a part of the Seven Basic Steps to Total Health(TM) 

In closing, we want to eat a living/raw plant based diet and one that, of course, brings balance into the whole system and one that is high in these living, raw nutrients including the Omega 3 fatty acids will do just this. You will balance the nervous system, which effects the brain and brain function, the mind, and the emotions and also brings balance to the entire nervous system, which would be decreasing pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, burning and the greatest benefit of all is when we eat these living raw Omega 3 source nutrients, from plant based origin, they are very anti-inflammatory and this decreasing the root cause of all disease.

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