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Omega 3 Supplements Not An Effective Treatment For Major Depressive Disorder

November 20, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A British review of data from 26 randomized clinical trials involving 1,458 participants found little evidence that omega-3 fatty acid supplements effectively treated major depressive disorder. Omega 3s, thought to be essential for good health, are naturally found in fatty fish and some nuts and seeds. People treated with omega 3 fatty acids reported lower symptom scores than people with a placebo pill, the effect was small. And important limitations undermined researcher confidence in the results. The researchers acknowledged that most of the studies were small and of low quality.
Katherine M. Appleton et al., "Omega-3 fatty acids for depression in adults. ", Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, November 20, 2015, © The Cochrane Collaboration
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