It is believed that omega-3 fats can relieve anxiety and alleviate the course of depression, but it turned out that this is not the case, reports the Daily Mail.
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Scientists from the University of East Anglia conducted data analysis of 31 studies. The experiment was attended by more than 41 thousand participants, which were divided into 2 groups.
The first group increased their intake of omega-3 thanks to supplements, and the second maintained their usual diet.
Consumption of fish oil and nuts does not affect mental health
Participants were monitored for 24 weeks, and changes in their mental health were assessed by two methods: diagnosis and a questionnaire about quality of life, emotional state, stress, and the like.
After the study, scientists came to the conclusion that omega-3s, although beneficial to overall health, do not affect the course of depression and anxiety at all.
It turned out that fish oil reduced the risk of depression and anxiety by no more than one percent, and in one trial no changes were recorded at all.
The authors of the study urge doctors to stop recommending omega-3s to fight depression and anxiety.
Given the environmental problems of industrial fisheries, its detrimental effects on fish stocks and pollution of the oceans, it makes no sense to swallow fish oil pills that are not beneficial,
– noted one of the authors of the study, the doctor Catherine Dean.
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