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Fish Oil May Help Prevent Psychotic Disorders In People With A History Of Mental Illness

February 9, 2010 by  

Fish oil may help prevent psychotic disorders in people with a history of mental illness Results of a new study suggest that the daily consumption of fish oil capsules containing long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent the development of psychotic disorders in individuals at the highest risk.

Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, and the Orygen Youth Health Research Center in Melbourne, Australia, conducted a clinical trial on 81 individuals who had mild psychotic symptoms or a family history of psychotic disorders with decreasing cognitive function.

After three months, subjects taking fish oil supplements were nearly 23 percent less likely to develop a progression of psychosis than participants in the control group who took a placebo. The research team also found that the nutrient considerably reduced symptoms and improved functioning in those with psychotic tendencies.

"The finding that treatment with a natural substance may prevent or at least delay the onset of psychotic disorder gives hope that there may be alternatives to antipsychotics for the prodromal [early symptomatic] phase," the authors stated.

Subjects taking omega-3 fatty acids did incur some digestive complications but were predominantly free of any clinically relevant undesirable effects.
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  • Kenneth

    There are many doctors in USA who are TRASHING Fish Oil. They put advertisements in Media and in doing so are TRASHING themselves. I suppose I had better not name them.

  • Independent

    I ALLWAYS NOTICE IT SAYS IT MAY HELP TO DO BLAH, BLAH!!! WHY DO THEY NEVER SAY THEIR PRODUCT WILL HELP– DO THEY NOT KNOW ???

    • frank

      Independent, the reason they say “MAY HELP TO DO BLAH” is because: 1) it’s a correlational study. 2) FDA regulations: IF the claim is that a supplement actually does such-n-such, the supplement would be relabeled as a drug and would need to comply with $$M studies required to “prove” cause and effect (as if pharmaceuticals actually did!). Of course, once labeled as a drug it would be REGULATED, aka “restricted”. How do you regulate fish oil other than eliminating the fish?

  • Kenneth

    I have had Arrhythmic Heart Beat Episodes since Easter 1995. Fish Oil and Magnesium Foods have kept my heart healthy with Two Echocardiograms showing no damage whatsoever. Many doctors in USA are TRASHING Fish Oil so they can promote something else. So they promote lies. You only have to Google Fish Oil to see all the benefits that have been researched about the Goodness of Fish Oil.

  • http://www.anti-aginggenius.com Freelancelot

    Independent, they are fobidden by too many regulations from stating as a fact that it will help, even if they know it for a fact. There’s some ambulance-chasing lawyer bastich out there justw waiting to find something wrong so he can steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from some honest physician or product maker.

  • Susan

    Why is it that people are not aware that Fish and Tuna in Oil and the Fish one can eat Namely Bass, Catfish Ocean that is they have a white belly and a more gray look, Bullheads are having a darker color and have a yellow belly. NO offense to any Bullheaded people out there.
    So do not throw away the Bullhead cat fish ya catch ok?

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