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Amer J of Psychiatry- study on omega-3 (fish oil)

Posted by Bill L on July 7, 2003, at 11:14:53

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Today's Topic: Omega-3 Fats and Depression

Omega-3 fatty acids are found mostly in fatty fish, but they can also
be obtained from flax, canola or soybean oils. They are not made in
the body and must be obtained from the diet, but we need very small
amounts. One of the many benefits suggested is elevation of mood. A
new study finds no effect on depression.

Thirty-six patients with major depression were assigned to two groups,
one taking capsules with two grams a day of an omega-3 fat called DHA
and the other taking a placebo for six weeks. About one-quarter of
each group improved and there was no difference between treatments.
The study was published in the May 2003 issue of the American Journal
of Psychiatry.

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: This study was done in
patients with major depression. There is little reason to believe the
omega-3 fats would act like a drug and it is unknown if the dose was
appropriate or if other omega-3 fats were required. A few studies
have shown benefits of this fat in mild depression, so smile when you
eat your fish.

 

another good one thanks Bill!!! (nm)

Posted by galkeepinon on July 7, 2003, at 14:07:33

In reply to Amer J of Psychiatry- study on omega-3 (fish oil), posted by Bill L on July 7, 2003, at 11:14:53

 

EPA or DHA - better AD ??

Posted by linkadge on July 7, 2003, at 15:02:59

In reply to another good one thanks Bill!!! (nm), posted by galkeepinon on July 7, 2003, at 14:07:33

They used DHA but I though most of the research concludes that EPA is the better mood elevator.


Linkadge

 

Re: EPA or DHA - better AD ??

Posted by djmmm on July 7, 2003, at 16:47:25

In reply to EPA or DHA - better AD ??, posted by linkadge on July 7, 2003, at 15:02:59

> They used DHA but I though most of the research concludes that EPA is the better mood elevator.
>
>
> Linkadge


interesting videos:

Essential fatty acid status and markers of serotonergic neurotransmission in alcoholism and suicide.
Wednesday, September 02, 1998
Author/Sponsor: Joseph R. Hibbeln, M.D., NIAAA.
Total Running Time: 00:22:13
http://videocast.nih.gov/ram/omega2.ram

Introduction - NIH Workshop on Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids and Psychiatric Disorders.
Wednesday, September 02, 1998
Author/Sponsor: Richard Nakamura, Ph.D., Acting Deputy Director NIMH, Director, Office of Science Policy and Program Planning, NIMH.
Total Running Time: 00:03:49
http://videocast.nih.gov/ram/omega1.ram

 

Re: Amer J of Psychiatry- study on omega-3 (fish oil)

Posted by Creaky_Neurons on July 7, 2003, at 17:32:10

In reply to Amer J of Psychiatry- study on omega-3 (fish oil), posted by Bill L on July 7, 2003, at 11:14:53

DHA has never been the suspected agent in mood elevation. and the "HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW" section seems obviously contrived to dump on therapy with omega-3's.

it makes you wonder who funded this study...

 

Re: EPA or DHA - better AD ?? djmmm

Posted by samplemethod on July 9, 2003, at 13:26:40

In reply to Re: EPA or DHA - better AD ??, posted by djmmm on July 7, 2003, at 16:47:25

Hey, i cant watch those movies.. what are the mean points you got from them?

ALso they are 5 years old so I think alot has happened since they were made.


> > They used DHA but I though most of the research concludes that EPA is the better mood elevator.
> >
> >
> > Linkadge
>
>
> interesting videos:
>
> Essential fatty acid status and markers of serotonergic neurotransmission in alcoholism and suicide.
> Wednesday, September 02, 1998
> Author/Sponsor: Joseph R. Hibbeln, M.D., NIAAA.
> Total Running Time: 00:22:13
> http://videocast.nih.gov/ram/omega2.ram
>
> Introduction - NIH Workshop on Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids and Psychiatric Disorders.
> Wednesday, September 02, 1998
> Author/Sponsor: Richard Nakamura, Ph.D., Acting Deputy Director NIMH, Director, Office of Science Policy and Program Planning, NIMH.
> Total Running Time: 00:03:49
> http://videocast.nih.gov/ram/omega1.ram

 

Re: EPA or DHA - better AD ??

Posted by Ed O`Flaherty on July 11, 2003, at 16:04:10

In reply to Re: EPA or DHA - better AD ?? djmmm, posted by samplemethod on July 9, 2003, at 13:26:40

I believe it is widely accepted that the anti-depressant response is to EPA and not DHA.The DHA is sometimes referred to as the hardware.It is important in the foetus and early childhood and now it seems as if it is also low in Alzheimers.Curiously it appears to be low in Bipolar too.EPA is like the software and is the one we use in psychiaty mostly.


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