A recent study soon to be published in Psychiatry Research (2010) involving 42 people with Major Depressive Disorder, found that 1000mg of EPA (found in fish oil) exerted beneficial effects on mood equal to that of 20mg of a well known anti-depressant medication, Prozac. This study built on a 2008 study that also found 1000mg of EPA had equal therapeutic effects to 20mg of Prozac. Interestingly, the 2008 study also found that EPA from fish oil, in combination with Prozac had a superior effect to either EPA or Prozac alone.
Treatment of depression often requires an integrated approach involving both naturopathic and allopathic treatment modalities. Naturopathic Doctors often work with MDs to provide a more comprehensive model of care for those with mood disorders like depression. Contact your ND to find out more about how naturopathic medicine can help you.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Tara Andresen, ND
Dr. Tara Andresen is a licensed naturopathic doctor practicing in Toronto, Ontario. She follows an evidence-based approach to naturopathic medicine, incorporating the latest scientific research into effective individualized treatment plans for a wide variety of health conditions. Visit www.drtaraandresennd.com for more information or to book an appointment.