Fish oil boosts antidepressant effect

OMEGA-3 fish oil is a useful adjunct to antidepressants in patients with major depressive disorder, a meta-analysis shows.

EPA-rich omega-3 supplements, but not those based on DHA, are associated with a significant effect compared with placebo when combined with antidepressants, say the researchers from the University of Melbourne and Harvard University.

“This is an exciting finding because here we have a safe, evidence-based approach that could be considered a mainstream treatment,” says lead author Dr Jerome Sarris, head of the ARCADIA Mental Health Research