Do as I say, not as I do -- that's the message from a new study that finds omega-3 fatty acids can slash anxiety and reduce inflammation.
The researchers behind it say they won't recommend omega-3 supplements for everyone despite their results... but admit they're taking the things themselves.
Talk about selfish!
To heck with them, be sure to get your share -- and the new study is only one of the many reasons why.
In this one, the fatty-acid-hogging researchers recruited 68 first- and second-year medical students and assigned them to either omega-3 supplements or a placebo, then tracked them for the school year.
Normally, medical students would be the ideal victims for a study like this, and the researchers were banking on a "hell week" of intense exams to really test those supplements.
Well, you know how today's youths are mollycoddled like never before -- and sadly, medical school is no exception. After the study began, the exam schedule was changed to space the tests out, giving the students an easier load and less stress.
"These students were not anxious," researcher Janice Kiecolt-Glaser told NPI Center. "They weren't really stressed. They were actually sleeping well throughout this period."
Kids today -- they have no idea how good they have it!
Even with the less-than-hellish weeks, fish oil managed to distinguish itself. The students who got the omega-3 supplements had 20 percent less anxiety and 14 percent lower levels of the inflammation marker interleukin-6 (IL-6) than the students on the placebo.
But I promised you many reasons, not just the new study, and here they are: Fish oil can protect your heart, brain, eyes and more.
If there's any supplement you should be taking, this is the one -- because unless you have a pretty steady fatty fish habit, you're not getting enough.