Omega 3 and Depression in the elderly
Recent observations showed that long chain omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could represent a potential treatment for elderly depression.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial study was conducted over a two month period, in a Nursing Home in Pavia, Italy.
The study included 46 depressed females, aged 66-95 years old. The dosages given were 1.67 grams of EPA and 0.83 grams of DHA. The results after the 2 month period showed that the use of supplement essential fatty acids was helpful and significantly alleviated the symptoms of depression (assessed using the Geriatric Depression Scale).
The conclusion of the study was that supplementation of omega 3 fatty acids in elderly female patients reduces the occurrence of depressive symptoms, improves phospholipids fatty acids profile and health-related quality of life.
J Nutr Health Aging. 2011;15(1):37-44.
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