I've been on it for a few months and feel a bit better. Anyone want to share your experiences?
Anyone try Omega 3 fish oil to treat depression? Did it help?
|by Anonymous||reply 62||08/18/2013|
I am on Lovaza at 4 grams per day for my heart health. I have been taking it for a couple of years. No changes in my mood. It didn't make me any more relaxed or happier.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||08/26/2011|
My doctor recommended it for cholesterol, blood pressure, and mood regulation.%0D %0D It seems to have helped with the cholesterol level.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||08/26/2011|
By the way, Lovaza is prescription Omega 3 fish oil.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||08/26/2011|
It gave me fish breath.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||08/26/2011|
No, r4. You already had that....
|by Anonymous||reply 5||08/26/2011|
My doc says flax seed oil has a similar benefit. I started taking it a month ago, and have noticed some minor mood elevation (I think.)
|by Anonymous||reply 6||08/26/2011|
I haven't - but if you do, make sure you have a very good brand of fish oil. The VAST majority of fish oils on the market do not contain enough fatty acids to make any difference.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||08/26/2011|
That's why you need to get prescription Omega 3 oil pills.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||08/26/2011|
Flax seed oil does not have quite the same effect as fish oil, but I can't stand the fish burps. Right now I'm taking Mega-Red Krill Oil, and I have NO idea whether that's doing any good at all. But it's pleasantly cinnamon-flavored.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||08/26/2011|
r7, what's a good brand?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||08/26/2011|
Vitamin D is supposed to help also.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||08/26/2011|
I took both flax and fish oil. I found after a few weeks I began to shed hair like crazy. When shampooing, my hands would be full of hair. I stopped taking both oils and the shedding ceased. It was very strange.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||08/26/2011|
r10, Solgar is quite good - they are labelled as Omega 3 or EPA/GLA (not fish oil). There are few other brands which I cannot remember (often they sell the oil in bottles rather than capsules).
|by Anonymous||reply 13||08/26/2011|
|by Anonymous||reply 14||08/27/2011|
Yes on Vitamin D. Most people have levels that are too low, and getting them back up really does improve mood. On doc's advice I took 5,000 mg a day for about 6 weeks and felt much better.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||08/27/2011|
I have been taking Omega-3 fish oil supplements (vegepa) for what was severe depression for about 2 years now. I can say that since taking them my mood is definitely more stable and I feel generally more upbeat.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/01/2011|
These youtube videos are pretty useful in detailing how making small changes to your diet and having a regular intake of omega-3 fish oils can help you beat your depression; just search "Igennus - Beating Depression: Part 1" and "Igennus - Beating Depression: Part 2"
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/01/2011|
I have been taking those giant fish oil capsules for about a month now.
I do feel better, for the most part.
However, the heartburn I get from them has been pretty intense. Yesterday at work, I seriously thought I was dying until I went to the bathroom with some seltzer water and burped for a good 15 minutes.
Pleasant, I know.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/01/2011|
Make sure to cut out sugar too.
Sugar makes many people depressed.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/01/2011|
It helps for my anxiety. My understanding is that it basically lubricates the nerves to make all operations smoother in the central nervous system. I've noticed it's helped my higher cognitive functioning even.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/01/2011|
How the fuck is Omega e fish oil supposed to treat depression?%0D %0D Christ some of you people are fucked up.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/01/2011|
Why, R21, some people's nerves just need a good a lube job, can't you read?!
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/01/2011|
The NIH warns that it could actually increase the symptoms of depression.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/01/2011|
Link please, R23?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/01/2011|
I helps my skin look smooth & youthful, but it's not a DRUG, OP, you imbecile. Why do you expect it to act like one?%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/01/2011|
I've been taking Life Extension Super Omega EPA/DHA fish oil for two years. It has improved my cholesteral but not my mood and anxiety. I take Zoloft for that.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/01/2011|
Don't take too much!
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/01/2011|
NIH says --
Bipolar disorder: Taking fish oil might increase some of the symptoms of this condition.
Depression: Taking fish oil might increase some of the symptoms of this condition.
Diabetes: There is some concern that taking high doses of fish oil might make the control of blood sugar more difficult.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/01/2011|
R25 what exactly do you think a drug is?
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/01/2011|
[R21] - An important component of the phospholipid layer of cell membranes, fatty acids (found in fish oils) are vital for effective cell communication and healthy brain function. Diet is of paramount concern here: saturated and trans fatty acids (bad fats) are used by the body in the same way as unsaturated fatty acids. Shortages of the highly unsaturated fatty acids force the body to replace these flexible good fats in the brain with rigid bad fats, which harden the phospholipid layer and slow the transmission of electrical signals. This harmful process can, over time, lead to an imbalance of the levels of the mood-enhancing neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/01/2011|
R29: A drug is a chemical specifically made to combat symptoms of _____________. A nutritional supplement is something that "may help" with ____________ based on anecdotal evidence, sometimes scientific evidence. Usually you have to mega dose or take over a long period to see an effect.%0D %0D Summary: Do not expect instant relief from Omega 3 nutritional supplements. Do not expect ANY relief or improvement. May happen/may not.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/01/2011|
You definition is a little off, R31, as is your "summary."
But even so, your backpedaling is notable.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/01/2011|
Some people claim it helps, but studies show it doesn't. Either way, it can't hurt to try it as fish oil is good for you.%0D %0D But don't expect any miracles.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||09/01/2011|
I TRIED IT AND NOW I'M ALL FUCKED UP!!!!!!%0D %0D YEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAA
|by Anonymous||reply 34||09/01/2011|
My partner takes it but I don't see any difference at all. He is still a sour puss.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||09/01/2011|
You have make you sure you take enough to match your body size and also make sure that it's got both EPA and DHA if you want to use fish oil for treating depression.
It worked well for my depression, just as well as the Zoloft I was once on.
It didn't do shit for my keratosis pilaris though!
|by Anonymous||reply 36||09/01/2011|
Keratosis pilaris is a vitamin a deficiency. The reason it has been linked to fish oils is that cod liver oil contains high amounts of Vit A. You need a supplement containing the animal form though not betacarotene
|by Anonymous||reply 37||09/01/2011|
I don't get gas or heartburn or any of those symptoms, but I do feel oilier.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||09/01/2011|
Military suicides linked to low Omega-3 levels
|by Anonymous||reply 39||09/03/2011|
I have keratosis pilaris too. I have had multiple doctors say there's not much I can do about it except to avoid certain things to make it worse. Never heard of the Vitamin A deficiency angle. If it works, I'll be popping a few of them daily.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||09/03/2011|
Do a Google search for Dr. Stoll, MD of Harvard. One of the first to publish the possible mental benefits. Of note, he had patients take 10 grams per day (i.e. a LOT); he has later said 1-3 grams is likely adequate, AND...we are all bio-chem different. So, some may need more, others less. Additionally, seek a product with a much higher ratio of EPA to DHA, as EPA is the Omega 3 that is commonly lacking in our bodies. Anecdotally, I've been taking the high quality EPA rich fish oil, approx 2.5 grams per day, for two weeks and my anxiety is noticably less. I haven't seen any miracle skin effects, though ;) Just some 411...personally, I think diet and nutrition are crucial.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||11/05/2011|
Have your testosterone level checked. Trust me on this.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||11/05/2011|
St. Johns Wort has been used for a long time in treating depression. Chances are it's as effective as Omega 3.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||11/05/2011|
flax seed oil is great for the skin. if it is looking too red and blotchy from caffeine, spicy foods, etc - flax seed oil will calm it
|by Anonymous||reply 44||11/05/2011|
I've been taking Omega 3, along with Vitamin D for over a month now, and my mood has not improved at all.
I think all of this crap about vitamins helping depression is a joke. Vitamins are obviously good for the body, but mental benefits? Don't think so. I'm going back on my antidepressants.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||02/21/2013|
Of all people to be calling anyone else stupid, PPSM has to be the worst.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||02/21/2013|
I tried seal oil. It helped a lot.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||02/21/2013|
I make poopies like a halibut!!
|by Anonymous||reply 48||02/22/2013|
The oil from the ass crack of the obese cures athlete's foot!
|by Anonymous||reply 49||02/22/2013|
I have ongoing muscle aches and find that if I don't take my fish oil supplements, it hurts worse. The fish oil acts like an anti-inflammatory.
I was like others who said they didn't feel anything but I recently watched an informative program on PBS by a nutrition expert. First of all, most vitamins that you buy usually have only 300 mg of fish oil per capsule and it's misleading when it says 1000 mg. The rest are fillers so you have to read the label. It should also be enteric-coated to prevent the fish oil burping and it is digested better. Then, it should be free of mercury, etc. So it's better to buy high quality fish oil supplements from a reputable company
|by Anonymous||reply 50||02/22/2013|
I lick oily peoples faces.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||02/22/2013|
[quote] It gave me fish breath.
You don't swallow them, silly!
|by Anonymous||reply 52||02/22/2013|
I took that stuff, baby, and now
Well, my hands are shaky and my knees are weak I can't seem to stand on my own two feet My tongue gets tied when I try to speak My insides shake like a leaf on a tree
I'm ALL SHOOK UP
|by Anonymous||reply 53||02/22/2013|
I was surprised when I began using fish oil and my knees stopped hurting. I use krill oil now, a product and company I researched well; I also take vitamin D every day. I haven't been depressed in a couple of years but there's no way to be sure about cause and effect.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||02/23/2013|
I take fish oil and vitamin d daily. So far so good.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||02/23/2013|
I used to take it in conjunction with Zoloft, and I found it boosted the effects of the AD. However, I've also taken it when off of AD's and it didn't seem to do much on its own.
Also, when I took it with the Zoloft, I was A.) taking about 4-6 grams a day, which is a lot, and B.) using a pharmaceutical grade brand from a health food store, which is important if you're going to take a lot of it. Otherwise, the mercury, etc., that's in the cheap brands, blah, blah, blah . . .
I now take about 2400 mg a day along with a mood stabilizer, an antianxiolytic, and a stimulant. Not sure if it's helping much in the brain department, but it has a lot of other benefits, so I'm going to keep taking it anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||02/23/2013|
When I get depressed I eat chocolate ice cream and pizza.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||02/23/2013|
Omega 3 might help but n-acetylcysteine seems to have an even better A/D record. Curcuma Longa together with pepper might also help. There are a lot of peer-reviewed scientific articles that have been published for both these substances. Well at least for me n-acetylcysteine (NAC) has been really helpful. Check the Google Scholar search engine for both supplements!
|by Anonymous||reply 58||08/18/2013|
Anyone concerned about the report that omega-3 supplements increase your likelihood of prostate cancer?
|by Anonymous||reply 59||08/18/2013|
In April I decided to stop taking Citalopram (Celexa/Cipramil) which I had been on for 7 years for depression because the lack of motivation inside me was bugging me hard. I had read Stephen Ilardi's book "The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs", and wanted to try it out.
Omega 3 oils are part of Ilardi's cure, alongside excercise and sun/bright light therapy. Other parts are being aware of your thoughts (i.e. not mulling negative thoughts over and over), sleeping well and having good friends or other social network.
I'm a vegetarian so I buy Opti3-pills (which cost me about 50 euros a month at the current dosage, which gives me about 600-800 mg of EPA and about 1200 mg of DHA), and I'm not super sure how well they help, but I think they do. I ran out of them for a week some time ago and I did feel my mood changing for a worse pretty soon. But I can't be completely sure of their effect, since I've been having mood changes a lot partly because of coffee (which I always stop drinking but come back to it after a few weeks to get some kick), partly because of not getting enough sun, and partly because I'm exercising maybe a bit too much since I've started to lift weights and it can be very tiring to your body which also affects your mood. I'm also not content at all with my life situation at the moment, and feel a bit like an animal trapped in a cage.
So it takes some trying out to find the balance and I haven't found it yet. I'm not even sure about the dosage of Omega3, but I really don't have money to eat it more, so I just have to try to cope with the current amount.
It seems that Omega3 oils are seen to be very beneficial to the brains and to the body, even if they don't necessarily cure the depression, at least not on their own. I do feel that they are more than placebo, though. I mean I do feel like I'm healing, but I'm just not there yet.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||08/18/2013|