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Do omega-3 fatty improve mental health in depression mood disorder?
13 doctors weighed in

9 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
There is some evidence that omega-3 oils can help in depression and anxiety.
But, by themselves omega-3 oils are unlikely to be adequate. Psychotherapy would certainly help, and possibly the appropriate antidepressants might also help.

In brief: Maybe
There is some evidence that omega-3 oils can help in depression and anxiety.
But, by themselves omega-3 oils are unlikely to be adequate. Psychotherapy would certainly help, and possibly the appropriate antidepressants might also help.
Dr. William Drescher
Dr. William Drescher
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Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: No clear -cut eviden
Perhaps. May be.

In brief: No clear -cut eviden
Perhaps. May be.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: There are studies
suggest this is the case.
There are lots of other herbal approaches to depression, depending on the severity of sx's. Look up SAM-e, 5 h-t-p, Rhodiola Rosea, St. Johns Wort, to start. These are substances that at least have some science behind them. If you do try out anything to lift your mood, be careful to know side effects (less with herbs) and any possible interactions with meds.

In brief: There are studies
suggest this is the case.
There are lots of other herbal approaches to depression, depending on the severity of sx's. Look up SAM-e, 5 h-t-p, Rhodiola Rosea, St. Johns Wort, to start. These are substances that at least have some science behind them. If you do try out anything to lift your mood, be careful to know side effects (less with herbs) and any possible interactions with meds.
Dr. Steven Griggs
Dr. Steven Griggs
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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Probably not
Omega fish oils have an important role in health maintenance and in some therapeutic situations, mostly for refractory elevated triglycerides (a blood fat disorder).
The other touted benefits are certainly less evidence based, and statistically significant objective data is lacking, but patients (and the manufacturers) may swear by them. As for me, not so much...

In brief: Probably not
Omega fish oils have an important role in health maintenance and in some therapeutic situations, mostly for refractory elevated triglycerides (a blood fat disorder).
The other touted benefits are certainly less evidence based, and statistically significant objective data is lacking, but patients (and the manufacturers) may swear by them. As for me, not so much...
Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh
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