Depression, Diabetes, and Fish Oil supplementation

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2011-11-30 10:12:14 -0600
Started 2011-11-27 22:13:50 -0600

About 10 years ago I managed a group home for adolescent female status offenders. Many were depressed. We worked with a psychiatrist who included fish oil in their daily medications and suppliments. Today, Pixsidust asked me about the dosage. I didn't recall, but did find this article online. It is from a doctor at the Mayo clinic.

Do any of you have any experiences that relate to depression and fish oil?

Here's the article entitled: Fish oil supplements: Can they treat depression?
Answer from Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D.

Fish oil supplements may help ease symptoms of depression in some people. As with prescription antidepressants, fish oil appears most helpful for severe symptoms — but it may not be as effective for mild to moderate depression.

Fish oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function. People with depression may have low blood levels of brain chemicals called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These chemicals are found in fish oil. The best dose of fish oil isn't clear, but it appears that supplements containing 100 to 300 milligrams of either EPA or a combination of EPA and DHA may be helpful in relieving depression.

Supplements aren't the only way to get more omega-3s. Eating fish a few times a week may be the best way to provide your body with enough of these healthy oils. Fish high in omega-3s include sardines, mackerel, salmon, snapper, trout, and canned white tuna. Shellfish, including mussels and oysters, also contain omega-3s.

Fish oil isn't considered a replacement for treatment of depression, but it may be helpful as an addition to prescribed medications or other treatment. Although more studies are needed to determine exactly what role omega-3 fatty acids play in depression, it's still a good idea to get enough of these healthy oils. Omega-3s help protect heart health and appear to have other health benefits.

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jayabee52 2011-11-29 08:35:49 -0600 Report

Here's a clickable link to the article: ~

Caroltoo 2011-11-29 11:01:08 -0600 Report

Oh, THANKS, James. I must learn how to do that! Do you give computer lessons?

jayabee52 2011-11-29 11:13:15 -0600 Report

Go to the address bar above the page from which you want to copy the URL . Then right click on the url itself and that should highlight it. at the same time there will be a drop down menu box and from those select "copy" Switch to the window in you wish to place the URL link ( I usually have 6 or more open at a time) and place the cursor where you want to place the link and then (I mostly press control v - which on a windows machine inserts it in the place the cursor is — apple machines or i-pads, you gotta figure it out for yourself ).

Clear as mud?

pengesser 2011-11-29 12:18:40 -0600 Report

He was(at that time) a young male but a bit early to start his mane. He was just a fuzzy kitten then!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-27 23:34:22 -0600 Report

I have was curious about taking a supplement. It sounds like it does a lot of good on different levels. I'm just worried about an after taste(burp). It would make me sick. I'm not a fish eater, except for white tuna fish in a can. That is the only fish I can take. Oh, and the salmon patties my mom used to make, but I don't know how she made those, so that's out of the ?!!!

Caroltoo 2011-11-27 23:37:27 -0600 Report

Some of the health food stores carry some that they say reduce the burpiness. I'm taking mega red krill oil at present and not reacting to it, though I have to some others. Maybe others out there can help us find the burpless brands.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-28 00:09:41 -0600 Report

Thanks, will check that out. Will be making a trip to the health food store soon and was planning on asking them about this.
:) Mickey
p.s. What time is it where you are? It is one am, i thought I was a nite owl!! LOL

Caroltoo 2011-11-28 00:19:46 -0600 Report

I'm in Hawaii, Mickey. It is 8P PST…we're way out there. It's a six hour time difference between Hawaii and EST.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-28 20:28:58 -0600 Report

I'm so coming to visit! LOL I'm sure it's a lot warmer there than here! Though we have had a pretty mild fall so far. Guess I shouldn't complain!!

Caroltoo 2011-11-28 20:56:03 -0600 Report

Well, we are having "chilly" nights here. It got down to 75 and I actually used a cover! We are a little overcast today and have only gotten into the high 70's. Our usually daytime temp is 82-87. I'm on the windward side, so we get a little rain each night and it helps to keep everything lush and green.

When did you say your next vacation was due?

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