Omega-3 acids could help relieve symptoms of depression, says one study

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In the hippocampal cell portion of the study, the researchers observed that EPA or DHA prevented increased cell death and decreased neurogenesis in the hippocampal cells. They found that this was due to new lipid mediators being formed in the brain.

And in the patient study, supplementing with the same omega-3s was linked to a reduction in depressive symptoms – an average reduction of 64% for EPA and 71% for DHA, to be precise.

As the study’s lead author Alessandra Borsini, Ph.D., stated in a press release, “Our study has provided exciting new insights into how omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects that improve depression,” added that the Mechanism behind these effects understood, it may “influence the development of potential new treatments for depression using omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids”.

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