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High Levels Of Fish Oil Omega-3s Reduce Inflammation, Anxiety In Clinical Trial

July 19, 2011: 12:50 PM EST
Ohio State University researchers have found that consuming high levels of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil significantly reduced inflammation biomarkers and anxiety among  a group of medical students. For the clinical trial, 68 first- and second-year medical students were randomly divided into six groups, interviewed, and tested to gauge levels of stress, anxiety and depression. The students also completed questionnaires about their recent diets. Half received daily omega-3 supplements – about five times the amount of fish oil in a serving of salmon – and the other half consumed placebo pills. The omega-3 group showed a 20 percent reduction in anxiety compared to the placebo group, as well as a 14 percent reduction in cytokines that are inflammation biomarkers.
Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser, et al. , "Omega-3 supplementation lowers inflammation and anxiety in medical students: A randomized controlled trial", Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, July 19, 2011, © Elsevier Inc.
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