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Could anxiety get significantly worse after stopping fish oil liquid?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I have a history of generalized anxiety. I also have asthma and acne that have pretty much vanished since going Paleo. I used to take about 3 grams of high-quality fish oil liquid everyday, and eat wild salmon regularly. After reading the advice of people such as Paul Jaminet, I dropped the fish oil at the beginning of August and continued eating salmon weekly.

I didn't make the connection until now, but my anxiety started getting worse by the end of August and then even worse now in September, actually leading to the demise of my relationship with my girlfriend. We broke up and now I'm even more depressed.

Do you think the fish oil could have a played a role in my ability to manage by anxiety? I've been very busy with school in September as well, but the anxiety started becoming a problem again before that, which makes me think it's connected to the fish oil. Yet I still eat wild salmon, grass-fed beef and pastured eggs regularly, so I'm not even sure if it would matter. But with my history of bad health, maybe more fish oil was sustaining me? s Please let me know what you think. It's been worrying me. Thankss.

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on October 19, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Interesting, there is no loose oil in the frozen bags I get, just ice.

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on October 19, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Ok I often eat the oil that comes with it in the frozen bag though. I assumed I'd get a lot from that.

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on October 19, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Possibly but I didn't even think of dropping the fish oil. Just did it and never looked back... until now that is. Maybe I'm just looking for reasons.

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on October 19, 2012
at 02:03 PM

It might be important to note I'm 22 and generally healthy, other than my emotional/psychological issues. My relationship failed because I was burdening her with too many worries and issues of mine (which wasn't happening quite as much before dropping the fish oil) and it upsets me to think it may have led to the deterioration of the relationship

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on October 19, 2012
at 02:01 PM

@Dave S I do eat it twice a week or more. Plus grass-fed beef every other day of the week, and 3 pastured egg yolks in the morning. I want to know if that would sustain someone like me who has anxiety/depression problems. Problem is that I started talking fish oil when I was on an antidepressant so it wasn't clear what it was doing to my mood.

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on October 19, 2012
at 02:00 PM

@David Moss I'm also taking Vitamin D. Although lack of sunlight and nature could have had an effect.

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on October 19, 2012
at 01:59 PM

I do eat it twice a week or more. Plus grass-fed beef every other day of the week, and 3 pastured egg yolks in the morning. I want to know if that would sustain someone like me who has anxiety/depression problems. Problem is that I started talking fish oil when I was on an antidepressant so it wasn't clear what it was doing to my mood.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on October 19, 2012
at 01:14 PM

It might be worth noting the seasonal dimension here too, namely your anxiety/depression worsened as the days got longer and darker.

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on October 19, 2012
at 12:54 PM

You might want to eat salmon twice a week or more. I think it's always better to get nutrients from food than from pills. But if it will make you worry less, take the fish oil pills and see what happens. The placebo effect can be very powerful.

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on October 19, 2012
at 04:44 PM

Get your D3 blood level tested. You may still be too low to keep your anxiety at bay. I need to keep my blood level above 80 ng/ml to keep my asthma away.

Carlsons Solar D gems are a great D3 supplement.

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on October 19, 2012
at 01:20 PM

It seems reasonable to think that higher-than-normally-required amounts of fish oil could be therapeutic for certain conditions, psychological ones among them. I don't think a couple of grams of fish oil a day is going to cause significant harm and it seems there's more potential for it to do good here. I wouldn't only rely on wild salmon because often this is so lean that the absolute amount of omega 3 is very low.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on October 19, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Interesting, there is no loose oil in the frozen bags I get, just ice.

012337ad3c38a041d82b12ceaa8353a7

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on October 19, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Ok I often eat the oil that comes with it in the frozen bag though. I assumed I'd get a lot from that.

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on October 19, 2012
at 11:26 AM

Personally I think it might be more of a placebo than anything specific about the fish oil. You have anxiety isuues, obviously your health is part of the things that are issues for you. When you stopped taking the fish oil, and in combination with a potentially stressful semester ahead, it -- "broke the camels back".

012337ad3c38a041d82b12ceaa8353a7

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on October 19, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Possibly but I didn't even think of dropping the fish oil. Just did it and never looked back... until now that is. Maybe I'm just looking for reasons.

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on October 19, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I think stopping the fish oil was probably a large factor in your anxiety returning. I tried stopping it as well as I eat sardines a few times a week and my anxiety came back as well. My psychiatrist and therapist both recommended taking the fish oil. Start it back up again, it helps a lot of different things :-) good luck!!! Anxiety sucks!

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on October 19, 2012
at 12:57 PM

I would think that could be a possibility, but so many other things could easily enter into your situation. Are you in a position to request thorough blood work? You might find some deficiencies that could be easily corrected by a simple diet adjustment or supplements.

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