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Can Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Treat Depression?

There is growing evidence that inflammation-already known to be a cause of many whole-body diseases-is also involved in diseases of the brain, including psychiatric conditions like depression. Depression is a common and crippling disease affecting over 350 million people worldwide. Around 20 percent of the U.K.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

It has long been known that high-dose omega-3 fatty acids are very effective in treating depression.  Unlike traditional anti-inflammatory drugs, omega-3 fatty acids can easily pass through the brain-blood-barrier to reduce neuroinflammation.  The secret is having a high enough concentration in the blood.  That is usually achieved if you can maintain an AA/EPA ratio between 1.5 and 3, as do the Japanese who also have the lowest rates of depression in the world.

 

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