Omega 3 and depressionOmega 3 and depression .

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is only one study, but it appears that taking Omega 3 fatty acids can potentially be beneficial to people who are depressed.  The study indicates that taking these supplements (the subjects took capsules a day of a fish oil supplement) can help as long as the patient does not have anxiety disorders.  This is promising since the experiments were done using a double-blind procedure and the results were published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's true that we eat a lot more foods that provide harmful fatty acids than we should. Obviously, we should eat healthier fats like omega-3. Along with the studies the others have mentioned. Nations with populations that consume large amounts of seafood and other foods with this fat are showing lower rates of depression and other illnesses.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I think that people with depression can help manage their symptoms through the use of a healthy diet. You should get most of your vitamins throughout your food, so you can eat foods with more omega 3 fatty acids and see if that helps ease your symptoms.
giorgiana1976 | Student

I agree to what the 2nd post has said.

Studies have shown that omega-3 supplements have positive effects in depressed patients. Though, these patients were only depressed, not anxious.

Omega 3 affects brain alchemy and they favor the transmission of  neurotransmitters, which are associated with emotional balance and positive emotions.

Omega 3 fatty acids are reducing the risk of stroke and inflammatory diseases.