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EPA-dominant omega-3 and other nutraceuticals can boost effectiveness of anti-depressants

Nutraceuticals have the ability to boost the effectiveness of traditional anti-depressive medications, according a new review. Nutraceuticals such as omega-3, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe), L-Tryptophan/5-HTP, vitamin D, zinc, and creatine, have shown positive effects on depression treatment, wrote Jerome Sarris, Professor of Integrative Mental Health at Western Sydney University.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears
It has been known since 1999 that high-dose fish oil rich in EPA is vastly superior to DHA in treating both bipolar and monopolar depression.  The likely reason is that the EPA is rapidly transformed into resolvins in the brain that are the most powerful agents in resolving inflammation that can inhibit the neurotransmission signals that lead to depression.

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