Omega-3 Intake May Cut The Risk Of Postpartum Depression

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Americans tend to be short on omega-3 fatty acids, but a pregnant woman can be especially deficient because she donates her own omega-3’s to her developing fetus.

Researchers linked diminished omega-3 reserves in postpartum women to a lowered capacity to release the feel good chemical serotonin and an increased risk of postpartum depresstion.  They suggest that increased omega-3 intake may protect against post pregnancy depression.

Canadian J Psych 2012.

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