Fish oil and depression

Despite some recent media frenzy around how fish supplements don’t reduce cardiovascular risks (which I briefly discussed here), there is a continuous stream of articles showing the benefits of fish oil in some other disorders. Just as one example, there is one recent scientific review, where clinical trials surrounding fish oil use in the treatment of depression were comprehensively evaluated.

The authors were looking at the effectiveness of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the treatment of depression. PUFAs have potent anti-inflammatory properties and also direct effects on membrane properties. 

The analysis of a number of clinical trials as well as meta-analyses led the authors to the conclusion that supplementation with fish oil is beneficial in the treatment of depression when compared with placebo. The data also suggest that the best outcomes occur when the fish oil is used as an adjunct to standard antidepressants. Even though in some cases it is difficult to compare clinical trials due to differences in experimental design and methodology, this review shows some clearly positive trends regarding the benefits of fish oil in the treatment of this disease.

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It is estimated that the total number of people living with this disorder in the world is 322 million. The World Health Organization (WHO) also estimates that the number of people living with depression increased by 18.4% between 2005 and 2015.

Dr. NutraCosme❤ recommends eating lots of fish, but also recommends THIS PRODUCT.


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