Nothing Fishy About It – Omega-3 Help with Clinical Depression

I’ve shared cross-sectional studies and clinical studies here previously. But this sort of meta-analysis is a little gold mine of data. All the studies on a particular topic, in this case the treatment of clinical depression with omega-3 fats, get scrutinized, their data extrapolated and combined, and we see if the data can point us in a particular direction. “A Meta-analytic Review of Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trials of Antidepressant Efficacy of Omega-3 Fatty Acids” found ten omega-3 treatment trials that lasted longer than 4 weeks, and included a total of 329 patients.

The 2007 study concluded that more comprehensive trials looking at the antidepressant efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids were needed, subsequent research continues to support the use of these fats to augment and enhance the treatment of patients with clinical depression.

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Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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