Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Mental Health: Summary

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Brain and Mind Institute


The purpose of this study was to conduct a systematic review of the scientific-medical literature to identify, appraise, and synthesize the human evidence for the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on mental health. The review was requested and funded by the Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health. It was undertaken as part of a consortium involving three Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs), which investigated the value of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation across eleven health/disease areas. The three EPCs are Southern California-RAND, Tufts-New England Medical Center, and, the University of Ottawa. To ensure consistency of approach, the three EPCs collaborated on selected methodologic elements, including literature search strategies, rating of evidence, and data table design.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

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AHRQ Evidence Report Summaries