Omega-3s plus healthy diet can improve mental health

Doctors wanted to know if adding fish oil supplements to a Mediterranean-style diet would reduce depression symptoms.

In this study, 152 adults self-reporting depression attended a Mediterranean cooking class every two weeks for three months. Half the group also received a food basket every two weeks with healthy foods, and took 450 mg of DHA plus 100 mg of EPA, twice per day, for six months.

After three months, those in the healthy food basket plus DHA with EPA group saw a 45 percent improvement in depression symptom scores, including anxiety and stress, compared to 26.8 percent for the group attending cooking classes with no dietary changes or omega-3 supplements. Doctors said this is one of the first trials to show healthy dietary changes plus fish oil supplements can improve mental health in those with depression.


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