One of my friends, Ted asked me how to relief him from mild depression. He has already visit his doctor, but he didn’t want to take medicine that the doctor recommended to him at this moment. As he is just 30+, maybe just because of some pressures from his job then become nervous and sleepless, he asked me if there are some alternatives with less adverse effective. I suggested him to find a best fish oil supplement, which has been proved the effective potency of reducing depression symptoms.
It is not just like the prenatal fish oil I recommended to some friends who are ready to be pregnant. The fish oil here used for depression will have special features.
According to an analysis report in 2016, which go through total 8 clinic studies to find the result of taking Omega 3 (includes EPA and DHA) for the patients with depression. The patients were taking the depressants such as amitriptyline, sertraline, etc. and found that high dosage of omega 3 supplements, especially the EPA dose is about 1,000 to 2,000 mg in one day will be additive beneficial for the adjunctive treatment with medicine. You find the report from here.
Another study in 2015, showed that the young people with mild to moderate depression, while like my friend Ted didn’t take any medication yet, comparing to the placebo group, the group taking fish oil – which provided 1,000 mg EPA and 400 mg DHA per day had been observed a significant improvement after a 21 days study. At the end, there are total 67% of the taking fish oil group member were relieved from clinical depression and it’s 20% in placebo group.
So I recommended Ted to take some fish oil at present after reviewed with his doctor. Normally the fish oil supplements on the market will not have such a high dose. I searched in the fish oil products, and found the following will be the suitable EPA riched supplement.
The first one is best fish oil in liquid:
with 500mg DHA and 800mg EPA in one serve – 5 ml each teaspoon
So I suggest Ted to take 1 and 1/2 teaspoons per day for this liquid fish oil.
And I suggested Ted to take best fish oil supplement in softgel form as he’s not willing to take liquid fish oil:
One softgel contains 1,100 mg fish oil, and 1,000 mg EPA within it.
Same formula as above, but divided into two mini softgel capsules.