Fish oil may help with depression

People's Pharmacy

Health & Fitness

October 05, 2003|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate

A few weeks ago on the evening news there was a segment suggesting the use of omega-3 fatty acid for the treatment of depression. How much is needed, and where can I get more information?

Researchers reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry last year that 1 gram of fish oil daily reduced symptoms of depression in people who had not responded to standard drug therapy. Fish oil is a rich source of omega-3 fats.

We recently heard from a reader about her experience: "I have been taking salmon oil to combat depression since August 2002. It has been a godsend and beats taking antidepressant medications with all their side effects."

Depression is a serious condition that calls for medical supervision. But if the doctor agrees on a trial of fish oil, it might have heart benefits as well.

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