The world of nutritional supplements, especially when it comes to their therapeutic effects, is full of inconsistencies. One day something may be effective for a given condition and then next day it’s not. A new study recently found that fish oil may be effective in combating depression when used with antidepressants.
Our previous post on whether fish oil is good for you, management of bipolar disorder and depression were listed as potential benefits of taking fish oil supplements.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Harvard recently conducted a study that suggests omega-3 supplements may boost the effectiveness of antidepressants. The researchers reviewed 40 different clinical trials worldwide, involving antidepressants alongside nutritional supplements. The drugs included selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and tricyclics.
The results suggest that using fish oil supplements may help improve responsiveness to treatment for people with depression. The difference for patients taking both antidepressants with omega-3 and the placebo was “significant”. There were no adverse effects noted when using the two therapies together.
Omega-3 supplements have been shown to be potentially good for brain health and have been credited for saving lives after serious road accidents. Some studies even show that they may help improve learning skills and even behavior in school-age children.
You can read a detailed report at EurekAlert science news website.