omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fats have little or no effect on anxiety and depression, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Increased consumption of omega-3 fats is widely promoted globally because of a common belief that it will protect against, or even reverse, conditions such as anxiety and depression. But a systematic review published today… Read more

According to a new study from University of Pennsylvania, children who consume fish at least once a week sleep better and have IQ scores that are 4 points higher, on average, than those who eat fish less frequently or not at all. Previous studies have revealed a relationship between omega-3s, the fatty acids in many… Read more

Omega-3 fatty acids play a critical role in preserving the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, which protects the central nervous system from blood-borne bacteria, toxins and other pathogens, suggests new research from Harvard Medical School. While the blood-brain barrier is a critical evolutionary mechanism that protects the central nervous system from harm, it also represents… Read more

People suffering from major depressive disorder who also have high inflammation levels may benefit from taking omega-3 fatty acid EPA (eicosapentataenoic acid), new research from Emory University suggests. In a randomized trial, 155 participants were given either two capsules containing EPA-enriched mix or a placebo, or four capsules of a docosahexaenoic acid-enriched mix or four… Read more

Does fish oil containing omega-3 fatty acids have any beneficial effect on arthritis pain? With all the other benefits being claimed for it, fish oil seems like it would help. But is there any scientific evidence? And is so, why does it confer these benefits?

One study, published in Feb 21, 2005 in Nutrition, found that taking fish oil omega-3 fatty acids “relieved several clinical parameters used in the present study. However, patients showed a more precocious and accentuated improvement when fish oil supplements were used in combination with olive oil.”