Friday, February 5, 2010

Fish oil supplements prevent mental illness, depression, cancer, and stroke, and help the autistic

(NaturalNews) An important new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry reveals that fish oil supplements beat mental illness. The study involved 81 people deemed to be at high risk for psychosis. The randomized, placebo-controlled study provided fish oil supplements to half the study subjects for just 12 weeks (the other half received placebo supplements). The results? While 11 people in the placebo group developed a psychotic disorder, only 2 in the fish oil group did.

Although the study was relatively small, it helps demonstrate the wide-ranging benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to be the key nutritional factor in fish oils. We already know that omega-3 fatty acids / polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) help protect people against cardiovascular disease. We also know they can play a role in preventing diabetes and cancer. It's little surprise that they also protect against mental illness, given the importance of healthy fatty acids for the functioning of the nervous system. (Read more)

Fatty acids are also known to help autism. Since many autistic children/adults are picky eaters, they may avoid essential foods such as: seeds, nuts, grains, legumes, and cold water fish. If fish oil supplements are taken to replace this deficiency, they are known to reduce anger that is associated with autistic behavior, as well as language development and learning skills in children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome. (More info)

They are also known to help prevent depression and cancer. Some research suggests that fish oil intake may reduce the risk of ischemic and thrombotic stroke. (Source)

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