Omega-3s help ensure mental health
About one in three college students reports feelings of depression severe enough to make studying and maintaining academic performance difficult. In this study, 18 women and five men, average age 20, attending college and testing positive for depression, took a placebo or 1,400 mg of EPA/DHA per day. After three weeks, 67 percent of those who had taken omega-3s no longer tested positive for depression compared to 20 percent in the placebo group.

Nerve cell membranes in the brain contain omega-3s, which influence nerve signals and help regulate the hormones related to emotion including serotonin, epinephrine, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Doctors said this preliminary study shows promise for treating depression in college students with omega-3 supplements, and call for larger studies to confirm these results.

Reference: Psychiatry Research; 2015, Vol. 229, No. 1-2, 485-9.
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