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Omega-3 Fatty-Acids Ease Depression Symptoms for People Taking Antidepressants

Contradicting studies have emerged regarding the link between omega-3 fatty acids and depression. Now, a recent study suggests that high doses of omega-3s given to people taking antidepressants may improve depression symptoms.

The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition online ahead of print on October 24, 2011, and will appear in the December 2011 edition of that journal.

The aim of this study was to disprove a previous study that found no connection between omega-3 intake and easing depression symptoms. The previous study had tested the effect of low level doses of omega-3 on non-depressive patients.

The participants in this study included 4,000 heart attack patients who were instructed to consume a 2 gram daily dose of plant-derived alpah-linolenic acid (ALA), 400 milligrams of fish-derived EPA and DHA, a combination of ALA and EPA/DHA, or a placebo daily for forty months.

To determine whether or not the participants were depressed, the researchers administered the 15-item Geriatric Depression scale.

At the end of the study, the researchers found that the 36 participants who had been taking the EPA/DHA and prescription antidepressant medication showed an improvement in depressive symptoms. No change was noted in any other group.

Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked with a score of health benefits. Previous studies have suggested that they can improve heart health, help your brain work more efficiently, improve joint mobility, improve your skin, help with age related macular degeneration, and aid your immune system.

The best source of omega-3s is dark, oily fish such as tuna or salmon. If you're having a hard time adding fish to your diet or are worried about mercury levels, consider adding a high quality supplement. Supplements are an inexpensive and safe way to boost up your omega-3 fatty acid intake

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