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Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 Fatty Acids in Psychiatry

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are beneficial for depression, anxiety, mood swings, ADHD/Impulse control, memory, heart disease, insulin sensitivity., inflammation, dementia, liver, asthma, skin, sleep, and joints. When it comes to benefitting mood and executive function, not all omega 3's are created equal, however.

Here are some top choices which are a EPA+DHA combination, with at least 60% EPA, which tends to benefit mood more: 

OmegaBrite (pharmaceutical grade, developed and owned by a physician):
https://www.amazon.com/Nordic-Naturals-Omega-3-Soft-Gels/dp/B075ZTY6GR/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=OmegaBrite&qid=1605823717&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExSU1NQkU0Nks3OVBNJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjg2MTc0N1g5VzRONDdYMUlQJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA5NzkzNTUxRE5ZTDhUSjBRRjM3JndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

ProEPA by Nordic Naturals (highly regarded by experts in integrative medicine):
https://www.amazon.com/Nordic-Naturals-Pro-Cardiovascular-Gastrointestinal/dp/B0012QZ4WU/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=ProEPA+by+Nordic+Naturals&qid=1605823791&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&smid=A3M19KGA3HI2US&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyNkZWRDNLVkMzRkZaJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMjQ4NTkwMklNWVRZM0xCSDFBSCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMzcwOTM4MkYzMkQxRVNESUJYTyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

And here is a third high quality option that is cheaper.Burp-less Fish Oil by NatureMade:
https://www.amazon.com/Nature-Made-Ultra-Omega-3-Softgels/dp/B00DS5BI78/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=burp-less+fish+oil+by+nature+made&qid=1605823830&sr=8-3

Options for Children: 

For children who have difficulty taking capsules, I strongly recommend the below and check for other flavors as well. For those under 10, take 2 in the morning for 2 weeks then increase to 2 in the am and 2 with dinner.
https://www.amazon.com/Nordic-Naturals-Complete-Promotes-Nervous/dp/B00537E45W/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=Nordic+Junior&qid=1596565030&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&smid=AD4JTYB7A7HOQ&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUE0REc3RVpHRDM1MzImZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAwMzM3NDMyNUJGOTBaSURHRUE4JmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAzMzA5MjkxOElYT0c2UVJKTFZFJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

This company is great for kids who like gummies:
https://www.amazon.com/Nordic-Naturals-Omega-3-Supports-Function/dp/B002CQU57S/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?crid=Q3BRDV2R6W3F&dchild=1&keywords=nordic+gummies&qid=1616513889&sprefix=Nordic+gum%2Caps%2C160&sr=8-3-spons&psc=1&smid=AD4JTYB7A7HOQ&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFRNUgxMVdRWFBQRDgmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA1NDM1NDJONUFJOVRVU01UWTcmZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDYyNzQwMDNJUEdSRE5XTTQwNlEmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl

Here are some other great alternatives for kids < 8 (the dose is low):
https://www.additudemag.com/omega-3s-children-taste-adhd-treatment/

Here is a vegan alternative for kids: 
https://www.amazon.com/Vegetarian-Naturals%C2%AE-Serving-Gluten-Free-Artificial/dp/B01MDVBSRD


Posted by David Danish MD