By On August 17th, 2010

Another fishy association between depression and omega-3

A Japanese study has found that teenage boys, not girls, have reduced odds of depressive symptoms when regularly consuming fish containing eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA); the fatty acid, which is one of two omega-3 fatty acids found in certain fish, reduced the odds of depressive symptoms among males (P for trend=0.04) in a sample of 6,500 Japanese teenagers in two cities in the island province of Okinawa. Kentaro Murakami, PhD, of the University of Tokyo, and colleagues, were puzzled by the lack of explanation for the absence of the same link among girls. The study, reported online in the journal of Pediatrics, contributes to a large body of increasingly conflicting research on the topic of omega-3 fatty acids and depression. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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