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The increase in depression in industrialised societies has been linked to diet, particularly to reduced levels of omega-3 fatty acids in intensively farmed food and processed foods.[1]. This link has been at least partly validated by studies using dietary supplements in schools[2] and by a double-blind test in a prison. An excess of omega-6 fatty acids in the diet was shown to cause depression in rats[3].


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  1. Lawrence, Felicity (2004). "The Ready Meal" Kate Barker Not on the Label, 214, Penguin. ISBN 0-141-01566-7.
  2. Using Fatty Acids for Enhancing Classroom Achievement. URL accessed on January, 2004.
  3. Omega-6 Levels in Brain Linked to Depression. URL accessed on May, 2006.

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