A French study of 1,390 elderly participants studied the blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA) and the relationship to depression. Depression was evaluated using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale.* The study found that the EPA levels and depressive symptoms were inversely related. Higher EPA in the blood (omega-3) was associated with a “lower severity of depressive symptoms in elderly subjects, especially those taking antidepressants.” Viteyes offers an [...]
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Archives of General Psychiatry published a recent study on vitamin D and depression. Low levels of Vitamin D and higher levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) were found to be associated with depression among 1,282 community residents aged 65 to 95 years. Researches studied this group to determine whether there is an association between depression, vitamin D levels and the parathyroid hormone (PTH). Depression was measured using self-reports, and diagnostic interviews.* [...]
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A recent study published in the May 2008 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, studied the effects of lutein and docosahexaenic acid (DHA – omega-3) on macular degeneration. This four-month study researched 59 women, 60 to 80 years old. The women were randomly assigned a placebo, DHA, lutein, or lutein plus DHA supplement.* Lutein is found in the healthy macula. DHA is found in the retina. Researchers wanted to [...]
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