A spoon of omega-3 a day keeps schizophrenia away, as experts declare. According to a recent study, omega-3 supplements could reduce the long term risk of progression to the psychotic disorder. Results are based on an extended study which lasted more than 7 years, analyzing the effects of omega-3 on the high risks of psychotic disorder.
Experts have lead an analysis which involved people with ages ranging from 13 to 25, all exposed to risks of developing psychosis later in life. Investigators gave a daily dose of omega 3 to a part of study subjects for more than a year, to later assess the potential benefits. As researchers have concluded, the results were more than promising, namely less than 5% of the omega-3 group went to develop a psychotic disorder, compared with 27,5% of people developing the disorder in the placebo group.
The study group was not that relevant in numbers but the differences were remarkable. According to medicine professionals, there is a strong link between eating more fish and experiencing fewer symptoms of depression and psychosis. The present study revealed that teens showed significantly lower levels of omega-3 fats compared to teens who were free from the mentioned risk factors.
Other mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders and mood were analyzed and researchers concluded that the fish oil group didn’t actually make a difference, compared to the placebo given individuals. What’s highly interesting is that fewer in the treatment group had specific types of anxiety disorders. They were also concluded to have a lower frequency of cannabis use, with none of them experiencing eating disorders. All in all, 83% of study subjects in the placebo group were exposed to developing psychosis but only 53% in the fish oil group did.
Schizophrenia usually manifests itself in early adolescent years or early adulthood and most of those who face the affection meet a gradual development in a variety of clinically relevant symptoms and signs. It usually starts with anxiety and anguish, followed by depression and ultimately the feeling of disconnection from reality, manifested through psychotic episodes.
Managing to perceive and understand how a high fat intake may influence the development of psychotic symptoms later in life may be hard to understand but our brains are full of fat, and all these fats are essential to brain development. Both intake and perfect timing for omega-e treatments are highly efficient for fighting schizophrenia episodes. It is if not clear, then to some extent logical that fish oil helps those who deal with schizophrenia symptoms.