Omega 3’s, Mood, and Immunity -Mind/Body Interface

Read the comprehensive analysis, retrieved from the EBSCO Medical Research Database here —> Mind-body interface

The connection between mind and body is not like a set of wires plugged into specific sockets, it’s in every cell. Our emotions influence neuropeptides, our perception of events effects our hormones, our immune system produces and receives all of the above, and all of these effect each other and every body system down to the molecular level through chemical reactions, conditioned behavior and nerve impulses.

The idea that the immune system can be effected by mood, or that nutrition can affect mood, was not accepted fully until relatively recently. Whichever way you want to look at these three pillars of well-being, our mood/stress/perception of events, nutrient intake, and endocrine systems are linked closely.

I reviewed an article that drives this point home in a study of Omega-3 and 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and their effect, for better or worse, on mood states and immunity.

A very logical thought pattern emerges here. If we take what we have learned about stress and it’s capacity to down-regulate immunity and provoke hormone cascades, and the fact that this stress has to be controlled consciously, then it would be negligent to ignore the numerous studies pinning omega 3 as essential to cognitive, immune, and nerve function. Further, “DHA deficit is associated with dysfunctions of neuronal membrane stability and transmission of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, which might connect to the aetiology of mood and cognitive dysfunction of depression. On the other hand, EPA is important in balancing the immune function and physical health by reducing arachidonic acid (AA, an n-6 PUFA) level on cell membrane and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) synthesis” (Su, 2008).

Read the comprehensive analysis, retrieved from the EBSCO Medical Research Database here —> Mind-body interface

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