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Re: Fish oil: Maybe not so effective after all.

Posted by bleauberry on January 14, 2019, at 9:40:33

In reply to Fish oil: Maybe not so effective after all., posted by SLS on January 8, 2019, at 12:33:12

I have never seen fish oil work significantly well on anybody I've ever known for either anxiety or depression. Though it can help a little bit. I have always questioned the clinical studies and doubted their authenticity or their structure. There were flaws in there somewhere. Or bias. Or politics. Or something. Because in the real world, fish oil does not do what it does in the clinical trial world. It just doesn't.

But I am a huge fan of fish oil in psychiatry, anyway, even if it isn't a good antidepressant. That's because it is anti-inflammatory. My journey has taught me that the 3 main causes of depression are 1.Unseen toxicity 2.Unseen infection 3.Unseen inflammation resulting from #1 and #2. Fish oil helps to address #3 in a modest way. The inflammation approach needs a multi angle approach, however, and fish oil is only one of those angles.

In cases where fish oil did actually help somebody's depression in a big way, I propose that those patients had a kind of inflammation that was directly reduced by the fish oil and the patient felt better in the head because of it.

Inflammation = cytokines = everything messed up. Fish oil pushes back against that modestly.

> I have seen some recent medical articles that question the efficacy of fish oil when treating depression - particularly severe depression. I tend to agree with the conclusion based upon what I see on Psycho-Babble and other resources of information.
> I could be underestimating fish oil.
> Any comments?
> - Scott




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