Omega-3 may improve antidepressant response


Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They improve mood and behaviour in people with depression and generally have fewer side effects than most other antidepressants. But up to 50% patients do not respond to treatment with SSRIs.

Recently, a group of researchers have performed a study in which increasing fatty fish (rich in EPA and DHA) intake appears to increase the percentage of response in patients who do not respond to antidepressants. Researchers observed that those patients who ate the most fish (at least once a week) responded significantly better to antidepressant treatment (75%) than those who never ate it (23%).

These findings suggest that the intake of omega-3 may be a way to improve SSRIs response. Specifically, response was associated with EPA level.

Here’s a way to improve antidepressant response.




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