Omega-3s: More Than Just Heart-Healthy? New Research Links Supplement to Reduced Aggression

By: | June 1st, 2024

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Omega-3s: A New Ally in Anger Management

Good news for those looking to manage anger! A study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that a common dietary supplement, omega-3 fatty acids, might help reduce aggression. The research found that omega-3 supplements, often taken for heart health, led to a modest but significant decrease in aggression by around 30%. This effect was consistent across different age groups, genders, and even people with existing diagnoses.

“I think the time has come to implement omega-3 supplementation to reduce aggression, irrespective of whether the setting is the community, the clinic, or the criminal justice system,” said Adrian Raine, a Penn neurocriminologist and the lead author of the study. “Omega-3 is not a magic bullet that is going to solve the problem of violence in society. But can it help? Based on these findings, we firmly believe it can, and we should start to act on the new knowledge we have.”

The study focused on short-term effects, as there wasn’t enough data on participants after stopping supplementation. However, it’s promising to see potential benefits across various demographics.

Harnessing Omega-3s for Better Emotional Health

Omega-3s are readily available in fish oil supplements and are considered safe for most people. This research suggests omega-3s could help manage anger issues for individuals and in broader settings.

However, further research is needed to confirm these findings and determine optimal dosages. Consult a healthcare professional before starting new supplements. This is promising for natural anger management, with future studies set to explore omega-3s’ potential in reducing aggression.


Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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