Fighting Addiction? Omega-3s Can HelpPrint
Stress makes many people reach for a drink, which all too easily turns into three drinks…and sometimes three more after that. When alcohol doesn’t cut it, it’s not uncommon to seek something else, whether it’s prescription pain pills from a long-ago surgery or recreational drugs from a friend who promises a quick escape from the realities of life.
Unfortunately, numbing the pain, whether with alcohol or drugs, often creates a menacing cycle of addiction. It also depletes your body of nutrients, which fuels the cycle of addiction and further damages your health. Thankfully there is promising research that shows omega-3s can help fight addiction and boost your health at the same time.
One recent study which focused on addiction comes out of the Indiana University School of Medicine where it was discovered by happenstance that mice given fish oil as part of research on bipolar disorder had a reduction in alcohol cravings and drank less alcohol as a result. The fish oil used in the study was high in docosahexeanoic acid (DHA), one of the most widely researched omega-3 fatty acids.
Researchers concluded that diets high in DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the thirst for alcohol. Res-Q Calamarine and Res-Q 1250+ are high in these DHA omega-3 fatty acids. The Res-Q 1250+ also contains vitamin D which is clinically proven to ease depression, a known trigger of the addiction cycle.
Other studies have focused on the theory that people with nutritional deficiencies are more likely to struggle with psychological disorders, including addiction issues. Nutritional expert Carolyn Reuben, executive director of the Community Addiction Recovery Association, has specifically linked deficiencies in omega-3 fatty acids to drug and alcohol addiction. Other experts have reached similar conclusions.
This is why rebuilding your body with essential nutrients is an important part of the recovery process. Alcoholics and cocaine addicts tend to be deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins. Res-Q 1250 and Res-Q Multi can help replenish these nutrients. Opiate addicts lack calcium, vitamin D and B6. Res-Q 1250+, Res-Q SmartCal and Res-Q Multi can help replenish those nutrients. Addicts of all kinds tend to lack magnesium. Res-Q Mg is a good source of this key nutrient that’s needed for 300 different enzyme reactions in your body. Because vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B6 (pyridoxine) as well as vitamin D, folic acid, calcium and magnesium, are needed as co-factors to make serotonin and thus improve mood, Res-Q ProBiotic – which promotes B-vitamin synthesis – and Res-Q SmartCal are also recommended for the recovering addict.
While most treatment centers are not yet focused on nutrition as a treatment modality, many doctors feel it should be. The link between diet and physical, mental and emotional health is too established to ignore. Replenishing you’re body’s supply of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids is an essential part of your physical and emotional health – and an important tool to use as you journey toward recovery and a substance-free life.