SADA News item 34-5 published by Christopher Jones on 02/12/2014 at 06:08:03 GMT
 

MORE FATTY FISH, PLEASE

At a time when we are gorging on festive fare, let’s not forget the humble herring.

Recent studies at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology suggest that eating more fatty fish may improve the response rate for depressed patients who do not find antidepressants beneficial.

Researchers looking for biological alterations that could explain depression and antidepressant non-response combined two apparently unrelated measures: metabolism of fatty acids and stress hormone regulation. They saw that depressed patients had an altered metabolism of fatty acids, and that this changed metabolism was regulated in a different way by stress hormones.

Because fatty fish is rich in fatty acids, such as omega-3 DHA, the researchers examined the fish intake in the diet of the participants. They found that the participants who ate the least fish tended to have the weakest response to antidepressants, whereas patients who had the most fish in their diet had the strongest response. The team reports that participants who ate fatty fish at least once a week had a 75% chance of responding to antidepressants, while participants who never ate fatty fish had only a 23% chance of responding to them.

"There is already an intriguing association between eating fish and general health. The present study, while preliminary, takes the story into the realm of depression. Larger scale definitive studies will be of considerable interest."

Source: Medical News Today

 
 
 
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