Supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids contribute to reducing major depressive disorder (MDD), says a study. Depression is the primary cause of disease burden worldwide, affecting an estimated 350 million people, says the World Health Organization.
According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, in 2014, an estimated 15.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had, at least, one major depressive episode in the past year.
The study supports the link between intake of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, the kind found in fish, and reduction in MDD.
According to the study's lead author Dr. RJT Mocking, Program for Mood Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, "This new meta-analysis nuances earlier research on the importance of long chain omega-3s in MDD."
The study is published in Translational Psychiatry