Millions suffer in silence. Because while the stigma of depression might finally be gone, old habits are hard to break.
People still have a tough time talking about depression. And many find themselves avoiding asking for help, even from a doctor.
But maybe it’s, in part, because they know what’ll happen next. They’ll soon be doped up on meds that can lead to personality changes, weight gain, sex problems, and more.
Frankly, many folks would rather live with the depression. But the truth is you DON’T have to pick one or the other.
New research confirms there’s a safe and natural therapy for depression that very effective for many folks. And, even better, it’s…
- easy to find
- available without a prescription
- completely safe
There’s even a good chance you might have it on hand already. But if so, you may not be using it correctly.
Natural oil could ease depression without drugs
Even in the BEST of times, up to 10 percent of Americans are battling depression at any given moment. But let’s face it. These aren’t exactly the best of times for most of us.
There’s a pandemic, economic crisis, civil unrest, and an election season that’s already shaping up to be the most divisive yet, all happening at once.
It’s no wonder the FDA just added the popular antidepressant drug sertraline (aka Zoloft) to its list of meds in short supply.
But as the new study shows, you may not need Zoloft or any other heavy-duty drug to beat the blues. In many cases, all you need is natural and affordable fish oil.
The new study looked at stem cells taken from adults suffering from depression. The researchers were sure to include the cells of folks who responded well to drugs as well as those who didn’t, to get a more complete picture.
Incredibly, the fish oil produced a response in BOTH cases. Which means omega-3s may even help some people when drugs have failed.
The researchers say it was the kind of reaction they’d expect to see from prescription antidepressant drugs, but from a completely different mechanism.
Most drugs act on neurons. But the fish oil seemed to trigger a change in the glial cells that surround neurons, which emerging evidence shows may play a key role in depression.
Putting fish oil to work for YOU
This was, as I mentioned, a study on cells and not a human clinical trial. By itself, we could just call it interesting and hope for more research.
But we already have other studies. And while they’ve been a bit of a mixed bag, there’s one very interesting trend.
Low-dose fish oil seems to do little to nothing for depression. While HIGHER doses can have a remarkable effect on some patients.
And now, based on the latest research, we can see WHY it works.
The doses used in those older studies vary, but most show the benefits don’t even begin until you hit one gram a day. Others find you may need double that or more, often with an EPA:DHA rate of 2:1 or even 3:1.
And of course, along with helping to lift the mood, omega-3 fatty acids could help preserve memory and protect the heart.
Talk to your doctor about the right dose for you based on your own diet and needs.