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omega-3 fatty acids

Posted by Terry on February 24, 1999, at 22:32:10

The National Institutes of Health is reporting on some preliminary data indicating that omega-3 fatty acids (the same ones referred to as "fish oil" or "essential fatty acids") may have some effect on major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. In an NIH workshop late last year, researchers reported that it has been known for almost 2 decades that essential fatty acids protect against heart disease. But now researchers think they may help with some mental illness as well. Studies indicate it does alleviate symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. These are preliminary studies and further research is planned. In the meantime, the NIH is not recommending anyone take fatty acids to treat these conditions, but the Institute's Dr. Joseph Hibbeln says it is safe to take up to three grams (3,000 mg) of an omega-3 fatty acid preparation containing both DHA and EPA (most do have both) daily. He DOES NOT recommend taking the fatty acids INSTEAD of regularly prescribed drugs for these conditions.




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