A new study found that consuming omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the form of fish oil capsules reduced the likelihood of developing schizophrenia for those at-risk.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that lasted roughly 6 and a half years showed that those who were treated with an intervention of fish oil capsules for 12 weeks were less likely to develop psychotic disorder and psychiatric deterioration. The majority of the subjects from the omega-3 group did not show severe functional impairment and no longer experienced subtle psychotic symptoms after the study.

Facts about Omega-3:

 Omega-3 PUFAs cannot be produced by humans but instead must be obtained through diet.

 There is some evidence that omega-3 PUFAs are useful as an add-on for the treatment of depression associated with bipolar disorder, and depression in general.

 Some studies suggest that consumption of omega-3 PUFAs can reduce the risk of dementia, but there hasn't been sufficient evidence to suggest that dementia can by treated with omega-3 PUFAs.

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