Will omega-3 supplements improve my mood?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Supplements can help with a wide range of health issues including improving your mood. Watch Dr. Oz explain how omega-3 supplements can help your body deal with stress. Plus, learn the best way to take vitamin D!
Studies show that omega-3 supplements may decrease the risk of depression, including premenstrual and postpartum depression. Taking omega-3s could also avoid increasing antidepressant dosages for some people. In studies of people who were not responding well to antidepressants, adding omega-3s in addition to the antidepressants led to an improvement in mood. It is unclear whether omega-3 fatty acids would be effective on their own, not in combination with medication.

Other studies have found that people with depression often have low levels of omega-3s, and that depressive disorders occur less often in populations that consume high quantities of omega-3-rich fish. 

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