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Can Omega-3 Improve Heart Rate Variability Measurement?

Jessada Chungpaibulpatana, Tappana Sumpatanarax, Maytinee Konkaew

Med Sci Hypotheses 2016; 3:29-34

DOI: 10.12659/MSH.901711

BACKGROUND: Omega-3 is one of the most popular supplements in this decade. The autonomic nervous system, which may be a mechanism of function, may benefit from supplementation with omega-3. Heart rate variability (HRV) can represent physiological and psychological factors via sympathetic and parasympathetic variables that affect autonomic nervous function.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 104 participants aged 18 years to 65 years were enrolled. A total of 44 participants could be followed up. Short-term HRV measurement was done before and after supplementation with omega-3 1000 mg (EPA 180 mg, DHA 120 mg) taken every day for one month.
RESULTS: Significant improvement was found in the standard deviation of normal to normal interval (SDNN), the physical stress index (PSI), total power (TP), low frequency (LF), and mean heart rate (MHR). Three groups that changed with respect to balance, coping, and stress impacts were adjusted to our autonomic nervous function.
CONCLUSIONS: The equal and similar concepts of equilibrium, homeostasis, and resilience are the existent objectives of omega-3 supplementation, to provide peace for our body and mind.

Keywords: Autonomic Nervous System, Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms, Fatty Acids, Omega-3, Parasympathetic Nervous System, Sleep, Sympathetic Nervous System

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