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A Natural Cure for Depression

a natural cure for depression

Here is more proof that the daily fish diet is also a great natural depression remedy. This new discovery also makes it more and more obvious that the daily seafood diet truly is - as reiterated here again and again - a highly effective natural nutritional remedy for many diseases, including many 'incurable' diseases and cancers. Here, for instance, and as mentioned below, fish oil trials have also shown very promising results with schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Disorder and Autism.

I need not dwell on how immense of a breakthrough this is, that so many mental diseases respond so well to something as simple as a daily helping of seafood. On the other hand though, this article is a damning indictment of how completely ignorant the health sciences remain about the crucial importance of the complete natural range of the 72+ trace elements in seafood, in fish oil - and worse, in our daily diet.

CTV News - Jan. 8 2002

Could Fish Lead to New Depression Treatment?

New research suggests that the key to promising new treatments for depression could be swimming around in the earth's oceans. Researchers have noted a puzzling trend in recent years - depression rates are lowest in countries where residents eat the most fish. That's prompted some to theorize that mental health could be linked to the amount of fish in our diets.

Oils from fish like salmon and cod are high in omega-3 fatty acids, and there is speculation these acids may play a role in warding off depression. The theory is that natural oils keep brain cells lubricated, and boost chemicals that stabilize mood. Dr. Andrew Stoll, director of the Pharmacology Research Laboratory at Harvard University's McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., was so convinced by evidence linking fish oil to lower rates of depression that he began prescribing 10 grams of fish oil a day to his patients.

"Twelve out of 14 patients responded, where only 40 per cent of the placebo patients responded, so it was a real dramatic difference apparent to us and the patients," he said. Stoll's research suggests that omega-3s may have a dozen functions in the body, and several may regulate mood. The acids interact with serotonin, and other neurotransmitters like dopamine. They also regulate how fluid the membranes are which also affects other ways cells communicate.

"I don't think omega-3s will replace anti-depressants completely," Stoll said. "But when I see someone with mild symptoms, we sometimes start with omega three fatty acids because they are so safe and so well tolerated." Because of early results, some psychiatrists have started adding these nutrients to standard anti depressant therapy.

"Quite a few of these patients notice an effect, feeling less anxious, or a somewhat better mood, and less tendency to feel hopeless or negative," said Dr. Jacques Bradwejn with Royal Ottawa Hospital. But there are no standards for omega-3 levels in supplements. That's why research in Scotland is getting some major attention. Scientists there isolated one key ingredient from the omega-3s, called EPA -- eicosapentaenoic acid. They then used it to treat severely depressed patients who failed all other treatments. "In about 70 to 80 per cent of the patients, they became normal in mood and they had a very, very big change," said biochemist Dr. David Horrobin.

He has published dozens of papers on the development of new drugs, especially for psychiatric and neurological disorders. He is chairman of Laxdale Ltd., a company dedicated to developing new treatments for psychiatric illnesses. Studies are now planned to see how EPA works in children compared to conventional antidepressants. Depending on the results, EPA may be on the market in the next three years. "What this shows is that this is perhaps the first entirely new approach to depression for 30 years," said Horrobin. Research is also suggesting omega-3 fatty acids may help in treating schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder and possibly autism. "A whole range of these neuropsychiatric disorders that appear more common today than they were decades ago may be nutritionally related and we're going to try to prove that," said Stoll.

It's an intriguing possibility -- that the answer for depression may come not from the medicine cabinet, but from the refrigerator.
[Source: CTVNEWS - Tue. Jan. 8 2002 www.ctv.ca


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