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OSU Researchers Find Fish Oil Eases Anxiety

What researchers at The Ohio State University found surprised them: Not only did those students who received fish oil supplements see a decrease in inflammation (not a surprise), they also had decreased anxiety compared with their peers who took a placebo.Those who took the supplements had a 20 percent reduction in anxiety and a significant reduction of inflammation.

Robert K. McNamara, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, called the study exciting. McNamara, who studies fish oil and its effects on depression and bipolar disorder, currently is working on a book about the supplement. “If you knew what I knew, you’d definitely be taking supplements, and supplementing your children and your dog,” he said.