Animal Study Suggests Omega-3 Lessens Depression, Mania

By Rick Nauert, PhD

New research suggests the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids extend beyond improving heart health.

In a multiyear study, Indiana University School of Medicine investigators discovered molecular level evidence that the dietary supplements may be beneficial for alcohol abuse and psychiatric disorders.

In the study, researchers showed conclusive behavioral and molecular benefits for omega 3 given to mice engineered to show bipolar disorder behaviors. The fatty acid DHA, which is one of the main active ingredients in fish oil, “normalized their behavior,” says Alexander B. Niculescu, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study.

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