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Depression is a over-reaction or regret associated with past events. 20% of Americans suffer from this debilitating disorder.

Doctors have argued that depression and anxiety are likely a response to increase in levels of inflammation throughout the body, especially the brain. Dr. Barry Sears, PhD, argues that cellular inflammation is one of the primary causes of anxiety and depression. In his book Toxic Fat, he suggests that increased anxiety and depression in the American populace is the result higher exposure to arachidonic acid (AA). Increased consumption of refined carbohydrates lead to execessive insulin generation. This coupled with the higher intake of Omega-6 fatty acids from vegetable oils leads to a surge in AA production.

If inflammation is one of the primary causes of depression and anxiety, would resorting to anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or corticosteriods help? Unfortunately, no. These drugs can reduce inflammation over the body but cannot cross the blood-brain barrier. The only thing that can help in such a scenario are adequate levels of Omega-3 fatty acids.

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