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Omega-3 fatty acids and major depression: A primer for the mental health professional

By Dr. Alan Logan ND

Dr. Alan Logan reviews the link between omega-3 and depression. View the abstract below with a link to the PDF article below.

Omega-3 fatty acids play a critical role in the development and function of the central nervous system. Emerging research is establishing an association between omega-3 fatty acids (alphalinolenic, eicosapentaenoic, docosahexaenoic) and major depressive disorder. Evidence from epidemiological, laboratory and clinical studies suggest that dietary lipids and other associated nutritional factors may influence vulnerability and outcome in depressive disorders. Research in this area is growing at a rapid pace. The goal of this  report is to integrate various branches of research in order to update mental health professionals.

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