Home Remedies: Can fish oil supplements treat depression?

Fish oil supplements may ease depression in some people. Some studies in adults suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help treat mild to moderate depression, but more research is needed.

Fish oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function. People with depression may have low blood levels of brain chemicals called eicosapentaenoic (i-koe-suh-pen-tuh-e-NO-ik) acid (and docosahexaenoic (doe-koe-suh-hek-suh-e-NO-ik) acid. These acids can be found in fish oil.

Eating fish a few times a week may provide your body with these healthy oils. Examples of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids include sardines, salmon, herring, trout and canned white (albacore) tuna.

If you’re pregnant or nursing, limit your weekly fish

Continue reading Home Remedies: Can fish oil supplements treat depression? at Mayo Clinic.



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