EPA Omega-3 & Depression

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Omega-3 fats, like those in fish oil, are essential to our health.  We have written extensively about the research on omega-3’s regarding heart and brain health.

There are two major omega-3 fats in fish oil, EPA and DHA.  There has been some research done where they supplement only EPA or DHA in order to achieve a desired benefit.

In patients with persistent depression who were already being treated with antidepressants, researchers wanted to see the effect of supplementing only EPA omega-3.  The subjects received either EPA omega-3 or placebo for 12 weeks.

The results showed that the EPA group had a 50% reduction in depression scores.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002

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