A recent study hints at good news: omega-3 supplements could help prevent mental health problems after COVID-19 (Liu TH, et.al., 2023).
Researchers looked back at a year's worth of data and found that among adults who had COVID-19, those who took omega-3 fatty acid supplements had a lower chance of experiencing depression, anxiety, and insomnia afterwards.
The study analyzed over two million patient records. Those who used omega-3s had a roughly 20% lower risk of developing psychiatric conditions post-recovery. This was true regardless of age, race, sex, or vaccination status.
The findings suggest omega-3s might be beneficial not just for general health but also for the brain after viral infections like COVID-19.
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Liu TH, Ho CH, Chen DT, Wu JY, Huang PY, Lai CC, Hsieh KY, Su KP. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and the psychiatric post-acute sequelae of COVID-19: A one-year retrospective cohort analysis of 33,908 patients. Brain Behav Immun. 2023 Nov;114:453-461.