How would you react if you discovered that taking a couple of simple supplements daily could have a profound impact on your mood? A recent Iranian study on depression in women with PCOS has shown that combining two very foundational supplements that can be found at any pharmacy—Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E—were effective in treating depression and anxiety after just 12 weeks of daily use.
The study, which was based in Iran, followed 40 women for 12 weeks. All of them had PCOS, and some were given 1000mg of Omega 3 fatty acid supplements and 400IU of vitamin E daily. A control group was given placebos that looked exactly the same. Aside from taking these supplements, the women maintained their normal routines, and were given food and exercise records to fill out.
Before and after the study, the women were given three common mental health inventory tests(BDI, GHQ, and DASS tests): these are standards in mental health markers, and measure anxiety, depression, and stress. The women’s insulin levels and HOMA-IR were checked, and gene expressions of PPAR-Gamma (a hormone receptor found in fat cells) were measured. Also measured were their inflammatory cytokines, which are our body’s chemical messengers, and are involved in inflammation. These cytokines are generally quite high in women with PCOS.
Interestingly, after the 12-week study, it was shown that the women who had taken the Omega 3 and vitamin E supplements had a dramatic decrease in their depression and anxiety.
To find out more, and to get further details about the study, read the full article on the drfionand.com website here.