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Candlegirl
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   Posted 3/26/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
 I know this has probably been talked about before but I am wondering if any of you have used Omega 3's for your anxiety? What was your success with it?
 If there is another thread about this, please direct me to it so I can read it=)
Thanks!!!!
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Candlegirl
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   Posted 3/26/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt smilewinkgrin   Wasn't there a thread about this? I haven't been able to find one with people's personal experience with it.

babblin5
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   Posted 3/26/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I've actually been taking 2 grams (2 pills) of fish oil daily for several months, and I do believe that it has helped immensely in my overall mood stability, and from what I've researched on the subject, I think it makes a great deal of sense from s scientific basis. Most of the good research as far as use for disorders is centered in Europe (which certainly doesn't invalidate or make the information any less valuable. In fact, given the recent exposes by the news media on the ties between drug manufacturers, false data, and skewed studies by the FDA, I tend to believe foreign studies more).

One of the most fascinating aspects of all this is the recent discovery that a growing number of the general populace has lost the ability to break Omega-3 fatty acids down into DHA and EPA, which are two very important molecules which promote good brain function. This finding COULD be a viable starting point in determining a cause for the rise in anxiety/depression/OCD disorders in the general populace. It is also important because it demonstrates why taking Fish Oil as a source of Omega 3s is more beneficial than flax-seed or other Omega 3s... Fish Oil has high concentrations of DHA and EPA, so we're getting the good stuff whether our body can break down Omega 3s or not.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) seems to be coming around on this subject as well, and is an excellent source of study related material. Just go to NIH website and do a search for Fish Oil.

For myself, I've noticed that it is much easier to not get caught up in runaway thoughts, and my ability to break the obsessive thought cycle seems MUCH better than it ever has. I also seem to be able to take my "down" days much more in stride, and I've not had nearly as severe down times as I've had in the past. I am taking Cymbalta for Fibromyalgia (which also seems better since taking fish oil), but I take the lowest dose of Cymbalta (30 mg), and occassionally even forget to take that!

I really do beleive that it has helped me immensely in many, many ways. It may very well be wishful thinking, but after 25+ years of pretty much constant anxiety/panic/OCD/Depression battles, I'm pretty confident that it's the DHA and EPA that's doing the trick. =)

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   Posted 3/26/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried an Omega 3, 6, 9 supplement recently and because of my delicate gut due to my Crohns Disease, it just didn't sit well with me. But I did hear that for people like me the Omega 6's should be avoided, so maybe I will try one of the Omega 3's and see how that works out. I have heard they are good to keep the inflammation down in your body too, so not only would it help my anxiety but would work well in my joints and intestines too:)
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Candlegirl
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   Posted 3/26/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I just started it two days ago and I am curious if it is the placebo effect or for real the way I feel. My panic has been WAY down and I slept last night like I haven't slept in years...I got an Omega 3-6-9 supplement with Fish and Flax oil in it...I just had one breathing episode and I had been having five to six a day!!!!

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   Posted 3/26/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have used the Omega 3 for several years and notice a huge difference when I have a daily regimen in not only my mood, but the amount of pain I go through due to inflammation. You can also buy eggs now that are higher in the Omega 3, and if you purchase any organic vegetables, fruits & meats, they are full it along with many other vital nutrients.

Your Bro Sam :)

alwaysanxious
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   Posted 3/27/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I take fish oil twice a day ,also i put flaxseed  on everything ,eat a lot of fish etc i dont think it has helped me for anxiety ,but it is good for you. i have been on synthroid for 3 months and i think that has made me more anxious nobody agrees with me on that , but i know how i feel since beeing on it

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   Posted 3/29/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Ditto - I take Fish Oil & Flaxseed Oil every day. I am learning more and more that what I put into my body (good or bad) has an immense effect on my anxiety level/panic attacks. Taking vitamins is pretty easy - I take my handful every morning with a small glass of orange juice (I also take B complex, Vitamin E & an Iron supplement)...it's the avoidance of all caffeine, too much refined sugar, processed foods & overeating that is the tough part :)
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Raniah
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   Posted 3/29/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Great thread topic! My favourite Omega 3 foods: Salmon and Hummus (yum!). I agree with you guys.....diet and nutrition makes a huge difference in how I feel, too.

Candlegirl
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   Posted 3/29/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
 I find too that if my diet is garbage the worst my heartburn and anxiety is...I would love to know the connection between all of these things!!!

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   Posted 3/29/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
It's fascinating, isn't it??? My doc told me that when we eat foods that are high in sugar, or carbs that are high on the glycemic index, it messes with our blood sugar levels, and our moods and stress hormone levels are affected. I also think, at least for me anyhow, that when I know I'm eating properly, and doing something good for myself, it raises my self-esteem and makes me feel good about myself....like saying, "Hey, Self...you are totally worth it." :-)

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   Posted 3/30/2009 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
If you're allergic to a certain fish, can you still take omega 3?
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   Posted 3/30/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't know there even might be a connection between fish oil and less anxiety. My father swears by it for reducing his cholesterol, though. That's why I take it, but I've been pretty irregular lately. I'll try to stick with it better and see if I can get the same positive effects for anxiety that the rest of you are describing.

percycat

PS - Aries, I don't know about the allergies, but my fish oil capsules are very careful to list what kinds of fish are used in them. Ask your doctor, but it seems that at least the supplement companies want you to be able to choose wisely.

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Aries8
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   Posted 3/30/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got back from the book store and there was a wonderful book on Omega 3. I didn't get it (yet) but if others are interested, a book does exist on it. Thank you, Percycat! I'll look into the Omega 3, I'm really interested. But I have to make sure I can take it with everything else I'm taking....thanks everyone!
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   Posted 3/31/2009 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Good idea
Some meds cannot /should not be taken with herbal or alternative supplements
NOT saying all ........
NOT saying not to
Speak with your Pharmacist /doctor .........to be sure
Just a thought

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   Posted 4/1/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Candlegirl

Hey there, sorry I am slow in answering. smhair    There was a thread that talked about this but it may have been an add on to another thread and I am not finding it either.  Looks like you are getting great response.

My understanding of the use of Omega 3,  Omega 3 fatty acids  help form cell membranes, keep those membranes flexible, prevent “leakage” of neurotransmitters, regulate the flow of hormones and other chemical messengers, which affect our mood as well as our immune system.

If you are taking blood thinning medication, you should use caution when supplementing with omega-3 as there is currently a concern in the medical community about prolonged bleed times in rare cases.

A rule of thumb is that you always consult your physician when adding  omega-3 fish oil to your health routine. That is a safe practice when mixing any combo of  meds as posted by another member.  Good advice from all.

Please remember I am not a professional.

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alwaysanxious
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   Posted 4/1/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I checked my bottle of fish oil ,the fish in mine are anchovies and sardines,Idont take flaxseed oil ,I eat the ground flaxseed on cereal,and put it in cookies etc. iI take mine because it is supposed to help your heart and bring down cholesterol. I t has not helped my anxiety any ,but we are all different,I am glad it is helping you . what kind of breathing problems do you have .

Candlegirl
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   Posted 4/1/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Always anxious,
I sometimes feel like it is hard to breathe (tight airway) or that the breath I do get isn't sufficient. I notice especially when my heart burn is bad it feels like I have yucky phlegm that is blocking me getting a breath. The reason I think it is totally anxiety is because when I go to sleep, no breathing problems but once I get up within an hour I feel like I am having trouble breathing. I also notice when I am really busy I don't have issues either...
Beth
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