By Sheila Rughoonundon
This is the question that is most prominent in all minds in this period of rapid evolution throughout the world. It is well known that stress, in whatever form it occurs, can lead to depression in its multi million forms.
So do we fight it or do we want a cure? The answer may be found in the groundbreaking discovery of EPA to beat depression the natural way. EPA, a nutrient contained in oily fish, is extraordinarily effective in treating depression without the side-effects produced by conventional medication.
A symposium held on Thursday last at Four Point Sheraton by Nature Firm Ltd drew the attention of the medical profession on a revolutionary product called VegEPA, which is a highly concentrated formulation of ultra-pure EPA obtained from marine fish oil and GLA from organic virgin primrose oil. The product can be presented as being a natural food for the brain and a general health supplement.
Professor Basant K. Puri, a consultant in psychiatry and imaging at Hammersmith Hospital, UK, who chaired the meeting, is the representative of the marketing company Igennus, Cambridge in UK. Professor Puri stated that depression is now reaching epidemic proportions with the World Health Organisation warning us that by 2020, major depression is set to come second on the list of diseases that present the most acute international health burden. Studies have found that decreased blood levels of certain fatty acids (particularly EPA) are linked with several conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, depression, Huntington’s disease and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The last one is seen mostly in children from 3 years onwards. VegEPA has been proven to be effective in treating depression without the side effects produced by conventional medicine.
A study conducted by Professor Puri with a group of patients suffering from schizophrenia were randomly allocated the fish oil derivative EPA or a placebo. The unexpected side-effect experienced by the schizophrenic patients taking the fish oil was that their symptoms of depression – which often accompany schizophrenia – cleared within weeks.
Finally, VegEPA is the first successful, scientifically tested treatment for depression with none of the unpleasant side-effects usually obtained from the use of antidepressants. It can be taken in conjunction with other medication, except for those patients who are on anticoagulant medication.
* Published in print edition on 24 September 2010