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EPA May Help Improve Mental Health


What we eat may affect not just our physical health but also our mental health. The standard American diet tends to be deficient in polyunsaturated fatty acids and high in trans fats and saturated fats. A recent study suggests that supplementation with polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly EPA, may help improve mental health.





Researchers from the University of South Wales reviewed 33 studies that evaluated the association between nutrient intake and mental health. The studies included a total of 10,951 participants, all of whom were at risk of or suffering from common or severe mental health disorders.





The researchers found that supplementation with 2,200 mg of EPA in conjunction with antidepressants had the highest benefit for treatment of depression. Supplementation with EPA  was found to also be potentially helpful for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. The benefit was found to be highest in participants with raised inflammatory markers.





The study was published online ahead of print on September 9, 2019 in the journal World Psychiatry.


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