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What type of omega-3 fatty acid can help treat mood disorders?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
The three types of omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (LNA) (derived from seed and nut oils, principally from flaxseed oil), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) (from fish oil), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) (also from fish oil). Most studies have demonstrated that EPA is the most effective type of omega-3 fatty acid in treating mood disorders. LNA has difficulty getting into the brain (the brain is protected by what is known as the blood-brain barrier, and LNA cannot cross the blood-brain barrier). Thus, for use to treat mood disorders, one must get omega-3 from fish oil. The dosage that has been shown to have some impact on mood is 500 to 1000 mg twice a day.
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