Study says Omega-3 Fatty Acids do not prove to have an antidepressant effect

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Fish oil has long received recognition for its various health benefits; however, a study published in the October 21st issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the popular Omega-3 Fatty Acids do not prove to have an antidepressant effect. According to the authors, participants that were given fish oil did not show any differences in measures of depressive symptoms, remission or response, as compared to those that were given placebo. According to Robert M. Carney, PhD, of Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues, “We had very high hopes for this,” he said, but “I certainly wouldn’t close the door on omega-3 in terms of its potential effects on depression.” The researchers had very high hopes as anticipated outcomes made a great deal of biological sense, Omega-3 Fatty Acids playing an essential role in the function of neurons. Perhaps studies over a longer duration are needed. Click here to read an article from WebMD that discusses this study more.

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