As you will recall from my posts around the end of December and first part of January, I was suffering a fierce depression. While it's true there are circumstances in my life which would make Mary Poppins cry in her beer, I couldn't help but shake the feeling that something was simply not right.
Then I read an article about DHA, an Omega-3 essential fatty acid most commonly found in fish oil. The article discussed the importance of eating the proper ration of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids (4 parts of Omega-3 to 1 part of Omega-6). Essentially, most Americans' diets are way out of whack in this regard; many Americans eat 20 times more Omega-6 to Omega-3. Vegans' diets are generally even more off kilter. The result is depression as well as a whole host of other ailments (high cholesterol, joint pain, cardiovascular problems, etc.)
Other than a multi-vitimin, I'm not a supplement kind of gal. However, I was at my wit's end with the level of depression I had been experiencing. Desperate times call for desperate measures so I was receptive to the suggestion of taking a supplement! Vegan supplements are available and encouraged due to the toxicity of most fish. The supplements are derived from algae, which is where fish get their high levels of Omega-3. It makes sense to me to go to the source.
I am amazed! Although my outward circumstances have not improved, the black cloud of unbearable depression has lifted. I can't believe the change I feel inside and it's readily apparent on the outside as well. Family and friends have noticed I "seem to be in a really good place right now" and I "have a glow" about me. If anyone would have told me a dietary supplement would have helped so dramatically, I probably should have kicked them in the shins and then cried in bed the rest of the day!
Of course, I'm not a doctor, nor the daughter of a doctor (!), so please, please make an appointment with your medical professional before changing or adding any medications or supplements to your health care regimen.
Here are a couple of articles so you can discussed the matter intelligently with your physician:
And here is a link to www.thriftyvegan.com which is where I bought my supplements: