Authors: Kenta Matsumura, Hiroko Noguchi, Daisuke Nishi, Kei Hamazaki, Tomohito Hamazaki, Yutaka J. Matsuoka.

Title: Effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on psychophysiological symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in accident survivors: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

Journal(書誌情報): Journal of Affective Disorders, 224, 27–31.

doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.05.054


Background: Psychophysiological symptoms (e.g., pounding heart) are known to be a prominent feature of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) have a beneficial potential pharmacological effect of preventing these psychophysiological symptoms, no clinical data is yet available. Therefore, we conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of Japanese accident survivors.
Methods: A total of 83 participants received either omega-3 PUFAs (1470 mg docosahexaenoic acid and 147 mg eicosapentaenoic acid per day) or placebo within 10 days of the accidental injury. After 12-week supplementation, participants performed script-driven imagery of their traumatic event during monitoring of their heart rate and skin conductance.
Results: Analysis revealed that heart rate during both rest and script-driven imagery was significantly lower in the omega-3 group than the placebo group, whereas baseline heart rate was comparable between the two groups.
Limitations: The present trial was conducted at a single-center in Japan and psychophysiological symptoms of PTSD in most participants were not serious.
Conclusion: These findings suggest that post-trauma supplementation of omega-3 PUFAs might be effective for the secondary prevention of psychophysiological symptoms of PTSD.

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