Researchers have discovered that mice fed a diet low in omega-3 fatty acid had a negative effect on on synaptic and emotive functions. The study set out with the hypothesis that a chronic lack of these essential lipids can adversely affect individuals in adulthood, as the body is unable to produce them on its own.
Mice fed a lifelong diet low in omega-3 and 6 acids suffered a complete loss of function of cannabinoid receptors, which play a large role in neurotransmission. This neural dysfunction led to depressive behaviors in the test mice.
“Our results can now corroborate clinical and epidemiological studies which have revealed associations between an omega-3/omega-6 imbalance and mood disorders,” a researcher explained. “To determine if the omega-3 deficiency is responsible for these neuropsychiatric disorders additional studies are, of course, required.”
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