Postnatal depression (PDN) affects more than 1 in every 10 woman and can be an extremely difficult time for both mother, baby and the wider family involved.
Many possible causes for PND have been suggested and there is no single reason to why this happens as it could be down to multiple factors, including a nutritional imbalance which I shall explain more about in this blog.
Some research suggests that an imbalance in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids may increase the risk of developing PDN. The reason for this suggestion is that women with PDN where found to have lower levels of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fats are found in oily fish and seafood, with small amounts of DHA found in algae.
Modern diets are very high in omega 6 fatty acids and we consume less omega 3. This imbalance is thought to increase inflammation in the body and lead to a range of chronic illness such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity and now it also suggests to increase the risk of PDN.
The beneficial effects of EPA and DHA in the treatment of depression has long been recognised and now it’s time to also acknowledge that an imbalance between omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in the prediction of mental health, in particular women during and after pregnancy.
If you want to know more then please visit my YouTube Channel where I explain more about omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. See the video below.

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Please note that this information neither is medical advice, nor is it meant to replace the advice of your doctor or dietitian and I assume no liability for the use or misuse of this information

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