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Fish Oil May Help Stave Off Psychosis

By February 23, 2010

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For people at extremely high risk of psychosis, taking fish oil supplements may help cut the odds of developing psychotic disorders. That's the finding of a new study that focused on 81 individuals at "ultra-high risk" for psychosis (defined as a loss of contact with reality). All participants had mild psychotic symptoms, transient psychosis, or a family history of psychotic disorders, in addition to a decrease in functioning.

For 12 weeks, 41 of the study members took daily fish oil supplements containing 1.2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, while the other 41 participants took a placebo. By the end of the study, two percent of those taking fish oil supplements had transitioned to a psychotic disorder, compared to 27.5 percent in the placebo group. The supplements also appeared to significantly reduce symptoms and improve functioning.

It's possible that omega-3 fatty acids could have a positive effect on chemical signaling in the brain, according to the study's authors. Although it's too soon to recommend the use of fish oil supplements to reduce psychosis risk, the authors note that intervention with at-risk individuals has "the potential to prevent full-blown psychotic disorders."

February 23, 2010 at 11:27 am
(1) Lloyd Nelson says:

Thanks for the info. I use omega 3 for cholesterol reduction and it works. I take 1,000 mg capsules 3 times a day.

February 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(2) alfredoe says:

Hi All. If you are going to start supplementing with fish oil, it is important to remember 2 things. First, you need a minimum dosage at a certain frequency in order to get the fish oil benefits. This dosage is 3.000 mg of fish oil per day(close to 900 mg of omega 3 fats, EPA plus DHA, from the label).

You also need to lower the ingestion of omega 6 fats (grains and grain oils) as you raise your omega 3 fats. Otherwise you won’t get the benefits of fish oil.

Read more at http://www.omega-3-fish-oil-wonders.com/fish-oil-benefits.html

Best wishes,

May 23, 2011 at 5:31 am
(3) Natural Herbal Products says:

Taking fish oil supplements may be a way to prevent the onset of psychosis in patients with a very high risk of developing psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, according to a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

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