According to a recent study, omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent the onset of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder characterized by, among orher things, hallucinations and delusions. It typically emerges between late adolescence and young adulthood. There is no cure for it and so far medications may only manage the symptoms.
The study involved 81 participants between the ages of 13 and 25 considered “ultra-high risk” of developing the mental illness. Half of the participants were given fish oil supplements for 12 weeks while the other half was given a placebo. Dont ask me how 81 people were divided into two equal groups without cutting one of them in half.
The subjects were followed for up to seven years. It was found that significantly fewer participants on omega-3 fish oil developed schizophrenia compared to the placebo. Moreover, the supplements appeared to prevent the symptoms several years after they stopped taking them.
This is not the first time that omega-3 supplements have been linked to potential therapeutic benefits for a mental health condition. The effects of severe brain injury after an automobile accident may have been reduced through the use of high dose fish oil in at least two documented cases.