Fish oil appears to halt development of psychosis (schizophrenia) in some young people

Today there are several articles out about a study involving young people who were determined to be high-risk for developing psychotic conditions. Here is an excerpt from an article from the BBC:

A three-month course of the supplement appeared to be as effective as drugs, cutting the rate of psychotic illness like schizophrenia by a quarter.

The researchers believe it is the omega-3 in fish oil – already hailed for promoting healthy hearts – that has beneficial effects in the brain.

A “natural” remedy would be welcomed, Archives of General Psychiatry says.

“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 antipsychotic drugs,” the study authors said….

….Alison Cobb, of the mental health charity Mind, said: “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.”(read the rest here)

Fish oil is likely to be only part of the picture in some people. We are holistic beings. This is great validating news for many who have found diet and supplements helpful in recovering from mental distress of all kinds.

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