Fish Oil capsules improve depression and quality of life in elderly women residing in a nursing home

June 06, 2011

Researchers in Pavia Italy placed 46 older women who were in a nursing home and were depressed on 2.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids from Fish Oil capsules or on a placebo daily for two-months.

Compared to placebo, the women on Fish Oil capsules had a significant reduction in their symptoms and reported improvements in their quality of life and physical and mental scores. The Fish Oil was also very safe. As the level of Fish Oil fatty acids (EPA and DHA) increased in the membranes of red blood cells their was a corresponding drop, a significant improvement, in depression. The study is published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, Volume 15, Number 1, 37-44.