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Anti-stress stuff

November 9th, 2011 by LittleMissHealthy

As the year rattles towards it’s close, the deadlines pile up, and the list of things to get done before the hols arrive is steadily growing. In short, I am stressing my brains out.

I have heard that Omega oil supplements can be helpful in dealing with emotional issues such as depression, and seeing as stress is an emotional issue of a sort, I began to wonder whether loading up on some of the essential fatty fishy stuff might be just the thing I need to take me to the end of December without losing my mind.

I did not have to wonder long, because people have been studying this question for years (lucky me!).

I found the results of an interesting in the Diabetes and Metabolism journal in 2003, that explored whether fish oil supplements affected the severity of the human stress response. They tested this by measuring by the body’s production of stress hormones: cortisol and adrenaline, and testing energy expenditure and fat breakdown.

During the study, the folks being tested were measure at rest, then subjected to 30 minutes of mental stress (poor buggers) followed by 30 minutes of recovery.

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The results showed that mental stress significantly increased their heart rate, blood pressure and energy expenditure, as well as increasing epinephrine and cortisol levels in the blood. However for the lucky fishes taking the fish oil supplements, these were all reduced.

“After 3 weeks of a diet supplemented with n-3 (omega 3) fatty acids, the stimulation by mental stress of plasma epinephrine, cortisol, energy expenditure, and plasma non esterified fatty acids concentrations, were all significantly blunted.”

That’s enough evidence for me. I am going to escape work early and head off to the health shop to grab a load of fish oils supplements, just hope they don’t make my burps too stinky!

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