Omega-3 and Mental Health
- There is strong evidence that omega-3 fatty acids have a beneficial effect in bipolar disorder.
- Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is associated with reduced mania and depression in juvenile bipolar disorder.
- Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation has a therapeutic effect in children with ADHD.
- A combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as magnesium and zinc consumption provide a beneficial effect on attentional, behavioural, and emotional problems of children and adolescents.
- Fish oil supplementation has a significant therapeutic effect on children with autism.
- Omega-3 fatty acids appear to be an effective treatment for children with autism.
- A moderate intake of EPA and DHA may postpone cognitive decline in elderly men.
- Omega-3 fatty acids may have a therapeutic effect on postpartum depression.
- Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation exhibits therapeutic value in the treatment of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptomatology.
- Omega-3 fatty acids were shown to be more effective than placebo for depression in both adults and children in small controlled studies and in an open study of bipolar depression.
- The omega-3 fatty acid EPA is as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in treating major depressive disorder.
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