Fish oils may help young people stave off mental health problems including psychosis and schizophrenia for the long term a Melbourne University study has found.
Seven years after the original trial, only four of those who took fish oil capsules have developed a psychotic disorder, compared to 16 from a placebo group.
This is a remarkable result for a product with no side effects and in fact additional benefits for overall health.
They researchers say that ‘Long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are essential for neural development and function. As key components of brain tissue, omega-3 PUFAs play critical roles in brain development and function, and a lack of these fatty acids has been implicated in a number of mental health conditions over the lifespan, including schizophrenia.’