Does fish oil also prevent depression?
London: Fish and fish oil are generally considered to be good for the heart, but now a new study has found that fish oil also helps reduce depression.
Alessandra Borsini and colleagues at King’s College London have discovered two types of “omega-3” fatty acids in oily fish oil (called “EPA” and “DHA”, respectively). Are actually very effective and useful in reducing depression.
This initial study was performed on 22 patients with severe depression in which all patients were given one of the two types of omega-3s daily for 12 weeks. The daily dose of EPA was 3 grams while the daily dose of DHA was 1.4 grams.
In order to test their effects, the amount of by-products of these two fatty acids in the blood of the patients before and shortly after the diet was known while at the same time the symptoms of depression were also noticed in these patients.
At the end of the study, it was found that the symptoms of depression decreased by an average of 64% in the patients taking “EPA” and 71% in the patients taking “DHA”. In this study, all the volunteers were given fish oil as a food supplement.
However, experts warn that the study found a link between fatty acids and a reduction in depression, so fish oil should not be considered a cause of depression, as more research is needed to prove this. ۔
Experts at King’s College have also made it clear that DHA and EPA cannot be obtained by eating oily fish on a daily basis, so they have been forced to use fish oil supplements.
It should be noted that even before this, some research had revealed some promising things regarding the use of fish to reduce depression. New research has also been done in their continuation.
In a research paper published in the latest issue of the research journal “Molecular Psychiatry”, Borsini and colleagues found that the effects of EPA / DHA on the brain are complex, which is a new understanding of psychotherapy. The roads will be paved.