Dietary omega-3 fatty acids and depression in a community sample

Jacka, F. N., Pasco, J. A., Henry, M. J., Kotowicz, M. A., Nicholson, G. C. and Berk, M. 2004, Dietary omega-3 fatty acids and depression in a community sample, Nutritional neuroscience, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 101-106.

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Title Dietary omega-3 fatty acids and depression in a community sample
Author(s) Jacka, F. N.ORCID iD for Jacka, F. N.
Pasco, J. A.ORCID iD for Pasco, J. A.
Henry, M. J.
Kotowicz, M. A.ORCID iD for Kotowicz, M. A.
Nicholson, G. C.
Berk, M.ORCID iD for Berk, M.
Journal name Nutritional neuroscience
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 101
End page 106
Publisher Maney Publishing
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2004-04
ISSN 1028-415X
Keyword(s) depression
fatty acid
Summary To evaluate the association between omega-3 polyunsaturated essential fatty acids and depression, data regarding prevalence rates of self-reported depression and median daily dietary intakes of these fatty acids were obtained from an age-stratified, population-based sample of women (n = 755; 23-97 year) in the Barwon Statistical Division of south-eastern Australia. A self-report questionnaire based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV criteria was utilised to determine 12-month prevalence rates of depression in this sample, and data from biennial food frequency questionnaires examining seafood and fish oil consumption over a 6-year period were examined. Differences in median dietary intakes of omega-3 fatty acids between the depressed and nondepressed cohorts were analysed and results were adjusted for age, weight and smoking status. No significant differences in median intakes were identified between the two groups of women (median, interquartile range; depressed = 0.09g/day, 0.04-0.18 versus nondepressed = 0.11 g/day, 0.05-0.22, p = 0.3), although overall average intakes of omega-3 fatty acids were lower than recommended and rates of depression within this sample higher than expected, based on previous data. Further research that takes into account ratios of omega-6 to omega-3 polyunsaturated essential fatty acids, as well as other dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids, is warranted.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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