Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fish Oil Supplements Stave Off Mental Illness

Source: BBC News (Summary By NIM)

We already know that fish oil can help boost memory and mental functioning in healthy adults, but new research is showing that supplements containing the omega-3 rich oils can be as effective as drugs for individuals with serious mental illnesses.

According to one expert: "If young people can be treated successfully with fish oils, this is hugely preferable to treating them with antipsychotics, which come with a range of problems from weight gain to sexual dysfunction, whereas omega-3s are actually beneficial to their general state of health. These are promising results and more research is needed to show if omega-3s could be an alternative to antipsychotics in the long term."

During a 3-month trial, fish oil supplements appeared to be just as effective as medications for schizophrenia. What's more, for individuals who are at risk, taking the supplements can prevent or delay the onset of such illnesses. Unlike drugs, which come along with a slew of unwelcome side-effects, fish oil only appears to have beneficial properties, including improving heart health. Of course, like anything in life, moderation is key, and more is not necessarily 'better' - 'just enough' is all we need.

Find out more about this study by reading the article "Fish oil supplements 'beat psychotic mental illness'" from BBC news (Feb. 2, 2010)


re: Health Benefits of Fish Oils said...

Thanks for posting this great article on the health benefits of fish oils. There is a lot of research on fish oils and cardiovascular benefits. This study shows there may be more to omega 3 fatty acids than just a supplement to improve heart health.