Omega-3 fish oil helps fight depression


A transnational study in Australia and the United States found that patients with depression could enhance the effect of the antidepressant by taking Omega-3 fish oil.


The research team from the University of Melbourne and the Harvard University review more than 40 clinical trials report, trying to find out if it is more effective to use nutritional supplements with antidepressants. Research relates to common antidepressants like “selective serotonin recovery inhibitor” (SSRIs), serotonin and norepinephrine recovery inhibitors (SNRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (Tricyclics).


The study was presented to the American Journal of Psychiatry by Dr. Jelomie Sharris, head of the Alcadia Physical and Mental Health Research Group at the University of Melbourne, Australia.


Dr. Salis said the finding is clear. Taking Omega-3 containing fish oil could significantly enhance the effect of antidepressant treatment, with treatment effect better than the placebo.


“Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to improve overall health and mood, which is the first analytical study to examine the potential benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and antidepressants,” the investigator explain. The study found that taking antidepressants with Omega-3 fatty acids show greater treatment outcome than taking antidepressants alone.


The study team warned that although studies have shown that taking Omega-3 fatty acids or antidepressants does not produce significant harm, but those taking antidepressants should consult healthcare professionals before taking any of them.