Omega-3 Supplementation Can Improve Depression Symptoms

Omega-3 supplementation can improve depression symptoms

Key Takeaways

  • Results of a recent large umbrella review of meta-analyses revealed that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) supplementation significantly improved depression symptoms in most studies.
  • Benefits of omega-3 PUFA supplementation was more pronounced in major depressive disorder (MDD).
  • More significant effects were seen when both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was supplemented at an average dose of >3g/day for >15 weeks.

Mental health conditions continue to be on the rise, with over 1 in 5 Australian adults estimated to have experienced a mental disorder in the past 12 months.1 Globally, depression is the most prevalent mental health condition across all age categories and is the leading cause of disability, incurring a significant emotional and economic burden.2 Around 280 million people are living with this debilitating condition, which is approximately 50% more prevalent in women.3 Alarmingly, almost 60% of people with depression do not seek medical support due to the fear and stigma around the condition.4

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