Omega 3 Fish Oils and Schizophrenia

Characterized by hallucinations, delusions, inner voices, and highly abnormal behavior, schizophrenia has been feared through the ages. With the advent of new drugs (really chemical lobotomies), schizophrenia now appears to be a controllable disease. The drugs, however, don't work in all patients, and many patients refuse to take their medications because of unpleasant side effects, such as the loss of any creative thought.

The cause of schizophrenia remains unknown and even the mode of action of the drugs used to treat it are unclear. What is clear is that the levels of Omega 3 fatty acids in the blood stream are exceptionally low in people with this disease compared to healthy individuals. Early attempts to improve schizophrenia by supplementation with Omega 3 fatty acid rich fish oils alone have been mixed. EPA seemed to have an effect, but DHA was relatively ineffective. Of course, the questions to be addressed are: (1) was enough Omega 3 fatty acids used? (2) Were the right combination of EPA and DHA used? (3) Was there any effort made to control the insulin levels? These were exactly the same differences between successful experiments in children with ADD and the failure of those at the Mayo Clinic.



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