Omega-3 Fatty Acids Might Prevent Psychotic Disorder

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Might Prevent Psychotic Disorder

According to the latest research from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, adolescents with higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acid are less likely to acquire a psychotic disorder in the early stages of adulthood.

The study featured in Translational Psychiatry displayed the following. At the ages of 17 and 24, more than 3,800 participants of Bristol’s Children of the 90s health study were tested for generalized anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, and psychotic disorder. The researchers took blood samples to analyze omega-6 fatty acid levels (which induce inflammation throughout the body) and omega-3 fatty acids (which prevent inflammation).

The results showed that 24-year-old patients with generalized anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, and psychotic disorder had more significant inflammation-inducing omega-6 fatty acids than individuals without these illnesses. As for the 17-year-olds, the indication that fatty acids correlate with mental problems was minimal.

Researchers further discovered that 24-year-olds suffering from psychotic illness had lower DHA levels than healthy 24-year-olds. DHA is a type of omega-3 fatty acid usually found in dietary supplements and oily fish. In contrast, adolescents with increased DHA levels at 17 were 56% less likely to suffer from psychotic disorder at the age of 24.

More studies are needed to confirm the current results. However, so far, these revolutionary findings suggest that DHA supplementation in adolescence can potentially reduce instances of psychosis at the onset of adulthood.

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