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Eating Fatty Fish Improves Response To Antidepressants

October 20, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Almost half of patients suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD) do not respond to a class of antidepressant drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. But a new Dutch study says that response can be significantly increased when fatty fish is introduced into the diet. For the study, fatty acid and cortisol levels were measured in 70 patients with depression and 51 healthy people. The depressed patients were given various doses of an SSRI daily for six weeks. Further testing of the MDD patients found that those who ate fatty fish at least once a week had a 75 percent chance of responding to antidepressants. Those who never ate fatty fish had only a 23 percent chance of responding.
"Fish intake associated with boost to antidepressant response", News release, research presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology congress, October 20, 2014, © European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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