Dietary supplements do not help in the prevention of depression
A recent study has shown that you can not prevent depression by taking supplements daily. However, there are ways to reduce the risk of depression, according to previous research.
More and more people are suffering from mental illness
According to medical experts, the number of people with depression in the world has increased significantly. Both in Germany and the EU, more and more people are suffering from mental illness. It is therefore not surprising that many seek ways to reduce the risk of depression. As a recent study has shown, nutritional supplements are not appropriate.
Dietary supplements for the prevention of depression?
Although previous scientific studies have suggested that omega-3 fatty acids may be suitable for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease, researchers have reported that such fatty acids are barely effective in depression.
A recent study also showed that depression can not be prevented by taking supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids and other ingredients such as vitamins and minerals daily.
This was demonstrated in the MooDFOOD study, which reviewed the preventative effects of dietary supplements and psychological counseling on healthy eating and lifestyle for depression.
As the Leipzig University Hospital writes in communication, researchers from the University Medical Center in Leipzig were involved in a study along with 14 other research institutions from Europe.
The main findings of the MooDFOOD study were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Participants in the study with an increased risk of illness
The study showed that over 1,000 people with overweight or obesity from four European countries participated in the study.
These individuals had an increased risk of developing depression and reported at least mild depressive symptoms at the beginning, but without depression.
Subjects were randomized to groups and took dietary supplements daily that consisted of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, folic acid, selenium, vitamin D and zinc, or placebo.
In addition, half of all participants in the study received professional psychological counseling in individual and group sessions on healthy nutrition and lifestyle with the aim of establishing a healthier diet.
It's not more effective than placebo supplements
The study showed: "Daily intake of dietary supplements in one year can not prevent the appearance of a depressive episode in the sample being studied; Dietary supplements do not have a preventive effect on depression. Elisabeth Kohls, who coordinated the project at the University of Leipzig.
"Dietary supplements were not more effective in the study than placebo, in some analyzes even worse," the scientist said.
"For a professional psychological consultation on healthy nutrition and lifestyle, a preventive effect can not be detected in the sample."
Rely on methods and treatments with proven effects
"These results are important for millions of people of depression and general population in Germany," said prof. Dr. Med. Ulrich Hegerl, co-author of the article, director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Leipzig and the President of the German Foundation for Depression Assistance.
Depression is a serious, often life-threatening disease. Decrease the life expectancy on average for ten years, "says the expert.
As with any serious illness, both prevention and therapy should be based on proven methods and treatments. In order to influence the course of the disease, this includes drug therapy and psychotherapy, but not dietary supplements, "Hegerl said.
"It's understandable that people are looking for ways to reduce their own risk of depression. Now we know that nutritional supplements are inappropriate. "
Reduce the risk of illness
However, earlier studies have shown that there are ways and means to reduce personal risk of depression, including through regular exercises.
Just a few months ago, US scientists reported that physical activity and exercise helped to significantly reduce the risk of depression. (Commercials)