The efficacy of fish oil supplements in the treatment of depression: food for thought.

Bastiaansen, J.A., Munafò, M.R., Appleton, K. and Oldehinkel, A.J., 2016. The efficacy of fish oil supplements in the treatment of depression: food for thought. Translational Psychiatry, 6 (12), e975.

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DOI: 10.1038/tp.2016.243

Abstract

A recent meta-analysis and meta-regression of 13 randomized clinical trials by Mocking et al.1 concluded that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids, found naturally in fatty fish, has a beneficial effect in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), especially for higher doses of the eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and in patients taking antidepressants. Novel treatments for MDD are certainly desired. However, in our view the evidence in this study does not solve the academic debate on the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids for MDD. Some food for thought.

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ISSN:2158-3188
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Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
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Deposited On:15 Dec 2016 15:02
Last Modified:15 Dec 2016 16:17

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