Below is an analysis of 10 studies that show that taking Vitamin D and Omega 3 Fatty Acids alleviates the symptoms of seasonal depression (SAD), major depressive d/o and bipolar d/o. In fact, in countries where diets were high in Vitamin D and Omega 3’s, there were lower rates of depression and suicidal thinking. Time for me to start taking my Vitamin D and Omega 3’s regularly! Please consult your doctor before going on any medicines, natural or otherwise.
The review is below.
Clinical Studies Show Fish Oil & Vitamin D May Alleviate Symptoms of Seasonal Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder
There have been some recent Meta-Reviews of Scientific Research into the role of Fish Oils and Vitamin D in combating the symptoms of Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder. Researchers pooling the results of 10 randomized trials involving 329 patients found that omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) improved depressive symptoms in patientswith either bipolar disorder or major depression compared to placebo. It is of interest that countries whose populations consume the most amount of fish oil in their diets have lower rates of major depression and suicidal thinking.
In a study performed by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Researchers found that the Omega-3 fatty acid patient group had a significantly longer period of remission than the placebo group. In addition, for nearly every other outcome measure, the Omega-3 fatty acid group performed better than the placebo group. Omega3 fatty acids were well tolerated and improved the short-term course of illness in this study of patients with bipolar disorder.
In another well noted study, researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, found that Supplements containing EPA = 60% of total EPA + DHA, in a dose range of 200 to 2,200 mg/d of EPA in excess of DHA, were effective against primary depression. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are not alone in being an all natural aid to alleviating these symptoms, as Vitamin D has also shown great promise in these treatments for depression. At the 2014 meeting of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, researcher Baseok Cha discussed the importance of vitamin D supplementation in bipolar patients, who often have deficient or insufficient levels. People receive 50 to 90% of their vitamin D from sunlight, and the rest from diet and supplements. Too much sunscreen can be a problem if it prevents a person from receiving enough vitamin D from sunlight.
Nutrusta has created an Omega-3 Fatty Acids Formula that contains therapeutic doses of both Omega-3’s and Vitamin D3. When taken together, the effect is significantly enhanced.