Omega-3s may help ease anxiety

Supplement is a 'promising alternative' for those not responding to traditional treatment

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could have anxiolytic effects, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis.

"It might be too early to recommend omega-3 as the first-line treatment for anxiety," say researchers Dr Kuan-Pin Su and Dr Yutaka Matsuoka, of China Medical University Hospital in Taichung, Taiwan. 

More well-conducted clinical trials are needed to reach that kind of consensus, they say.

"However, for patients who are not responsive to traditional anxiety treatment such as antidepressants or psychotherapies, omega-3 might be a promising alternative and adjunctive treatment with great safety profiles."

Several studies have suggested that omega-3 fatty acids may have beneficial effects on depression and anxiety, the authors and colleagues note in JAMA Network Open.

"Despite the largely positive findings of these trials, the