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The Role of Essential Fatty Acids in Treating Forms of Depression

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dc.contributor.author Davidson, Mara Lynn
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-26T21:08:22Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-26T21:08:22Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation M.L. Davidson, "The Role of Essential Fatty Acids in Treating Forms of Depression", ND dissertation, College of Naturopathic Medicine, Univ. of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, 2014. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://scholarworks.bridgeport.edu/xmlui/handle/123456789/1417
dc.description This thesis is being archived as a Digitized Shelf Copy for campus access to current students and staff only. We currently cannot provide this open access without the author's permission. If you are the author of this work and desire to provide it open access or wish access removed, please contact the Wahlstrom Library to discuss permission. en_US
dc.description.abstract Depression is a significant health concern throughout the world. One common observation is that dietary consumption of ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) has significantly decreased. With these crucial dietary components missing in dramatic proportions to that of ω-6 fatty acids (FA) a worsening of essential fatty acids (EFA) deficiencies has been linked to many diseases other than depression alone. The relationship between lack of FA as well as depression, and neurologic chemistry, the immune response, stress, genetics, bloodwork and serum levels, major depressive disorder (MDD), postpartum depression (PPD), cardiac health, and depression in the elderly is observed. Based on several studies, supplementation with a healthy dose of 1 gram per day of ω-3 PUFA, specifically eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), appreciably decrease depressive symptoms and improves mood along with other conditions. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Naturopathy en_US
dc.subject Fatty acid en_US
dc.subject Depression en_US
dc.title The Role of Essential Fatty Acids in Treating Forms of Depression en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.institute.department College of Naturopathic Medicine en_US
dc.institute.name University of Bridgeport en_US

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