March 02, 2004

Fatty acids can help with schizophrenia

Fatty acids can help with schizophrenia

Many of us who visit the discussion groups now take Omega-3 fatty acids. This and other recent articles on the subject help to vindicate that decision based on mental health benefits alone.

Omega-3 fatty acids, already used to treat a wide range of medical conditions, may also be useful in managing schizophrenia.

Researchers from Melbourne University's Orygen Research Centre have found that people in the early stages of schizophrenia who take a particular type of fatty acid, known as EPA, can reduce the dosage of their other medication by 20 per cent.

This can help minimise debilitating side-effects associated with anti-psychotic drugs, including sedation, weight gain and muscle stiffness.


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