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Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation for the Treatment of Depression in Elderly Women

October 6th, 2010

A recent study showed supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids to be “efficacious in the amelioration of the depressive symptoms and quality of life in depressed elderly women"A recent study demonstrated that increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids results in lessened depression.

In an eight week, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial, 22 of 46 depressed women aged 66-95 years were treated with 2.5 grams per day of omega-3 fatty acids (1.67 g EPA and 0,83 g DHA) while the remainder women were given placebo. The Geriatric Depression Scale and the Short-Form 36 Health Survey were used to evaluate the participants in the study. The results of the study showed supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids to be “efficacious in the amelioration of the depressive symptoms and quality of life in depressed elderly women.”

Commentary:

The published scientific literature is robust with research demonstrating the protective and risk reducing capabilities of fish oils for cardiovascular disease, various cancers, arthritic inflammatory disorders, and cognitive decline. Just think, here is a chance to make ourselves, our parents and or grandparents happier and less depressed while also reducing risks and complications from cardiovascular disease, cancers, arthritic inflammatory disorders, and cognitive decline. Why aren't we hearing more about this on the news?

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RondanelliM, et al: J Am Coll Nutr 2010; 29: 55-64

October 6th, 2010 by A Clinical Short


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