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Re: Fish oil for schizophrenia

Posted by Lao Tzu on September 20, 2011, at 6:37:19

In reply to Re: Fish oil for schizophrenia, posted by Johnnybaklava on September 16, 2011, at 10:41:17

Vitamin C has effects on norepinephrine, so theoretically, it could help some people who have depression related to norepinephrine deficits. Fish oil is a mood stabilizer, and there is some evidence that schizophrenics have altered fatty acid metabolism. The jury is still out for now as to the importance of fish oil for schizophrenia, but there is some good evidence that it could prevent full-blown schizophrenia if taken earlier in life, before adulthood. Once you have schizophrenia, the fish oil may not do much, but I have found that it does have effects on mood, perhaps may be better for mood disorders rather than psychosis. For me, 1,500mg of fish oil per day works well. Probably, fish oil is better for bipolar disorder. More research needs to be done in this area, however. Some sources say EPA is the most important component in fish oil as it relates to mental illness, but I have also read that DHA is very important as well.





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