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Can Fish Oil Help Combat Schizophrenia?

Omega-3 in Fish Oil

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  • Omega-3s may delay progression to psychosis among patients at high risk for a period of at least seven years
  • Among the patients taking omega-3s, only 10 percent transitioned to psychosis compared to 40 percent in the non-omega-3 group
  • Those in the placebo group had a more rapid progression time to psychosis compared to those in the omega-3 group
  • Those taking omega-3s also had significantly improved overall symptoms and psychosocial functioning

By Dr. Mercola

Omega-3 fats found in fish oil, krill oil, and oily fish like sardines and anchovies play an integral role in brain health. Sixty percent of your brain is made up of fat.

The omega-3 fat DHA alone makes up about 15 percent to 34 percent of your brain's cerebral cortex, depending on your age (the older you are, the more DHA). It's found in relatively high levels in your neurons – the cells of your central nervous system – where it provides structural support.

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