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Can Supplements Help Fight Depression?

If you take medication for depression but still struggle a bit, adding a daily dose of fish oil or vitamin D just might lift you out of your rut. According to a new meta-analysis from the University of Melbourne in Australia, certain dietary supplements may increase the effectiveness of antidepressants such as Zoloft, Paxil, Pristiq, and Cymbalta.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Omega-3 fatty acids rich in EPA have been shown to have strong clinical benefits in treating mono- and bipolar depression as well as other neurological conditions such as anxiety and ADHD. But this is only true if you are giving therapeutic doses. A therapeutic dose is one that reduces the AA/EPA ratio in the blood to less than 3. Since the average American has an AA/EPA ratio of approximately 20, this will probably require a minimum of 5 to 7.5 grams of EPA and DHA on a daily basis to have consistent benefits.

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