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Fish oil reduces anxiety
If you worry and suffer from anxiety, you may benefit from supplementing with fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids cannot completely eliminate feelings of worry and anxiety, but they can significantly reduce them.
The researchers used a fish oil that consisted of 7 parts EPA and 1 part DHA.
During the trial, the students took their exams. The researchers used the Beck anxiety questionnaire to determine how worried, worried, and anxious the students were. They did this when the students were just before an exam, but also when the students had no immediate reason to suffer from exam stress.
The figures below give you an idea of the trial design and the characteristics of the test subjects just before the trial started.
Click on the figures and table below for a larger version.
The students in the experimental group had significantly lower anxiety scores than the students in the control group, according to the table above. The lower the ratio of omega-6 fatty acids: omega-3 fatty acids, the lower the anxiety scores.
Fish oil only helps against depression if you are really depressed. The students did not fall into this category.
Fish oil supplementation had no side effects.