Take Fish Oil, Stay Sane

Here’s yet another study demonstrating the benefits of taking a fish oil supplement:

Fish oil pills may be able to spare some young people with signs of mental illness from a progression into fully developed schizophrenia, according to a preliminary study of 81 patients in Austria…

No one knows what causes schizophrenia but one hypothesis is that people with the disease don’t process fatty acids correctly, leading to damaged brain cells. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil could help brain cells repair and stabilize, the researchers speculate.

Fish oil contains high levels of the Omega-3 fatty acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). EPA is especially critical to nervous system functioning, and it appears to play a key role in the production of the brain protein BDNF.

In a previous post, we discussed how both diet and exercise can enhance levels of BDNF. By adding a fish oil supplement to your daily regimen, you up the ante even higher.

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