Depressed? Omega-3's Can Help

Some patients in a study got relief from depression by taking omega-3 fats. The ones who improved -- about half the group -- were those who didn't also have a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder.

Depressed people who also had anxiety disorders didn't get any clear benefit from taking the supplements compared to placebo.

Reuters reports:

“These findings ... add to the confusion about whether omega-3 fatty acids really help depression ... At least some of the confusion is due to the fact that researchers rarely test these substances in any standard way. Some studies have looked at omega-3 as a stand-alone therapy; others have tested it in combination with antidepressants. The formulations often vary, too.”

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