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Fish oil supplements prevent mental illness; safe and effective alternative to antipsychotic drugs
An important new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry reveals that fish oil supplements beat mental illness. The study provided fish oil supplements to half the study subjects with mental illness and placebos to the other half. The results? While 91% people in the placebo group developed symptoms, only 18% in the fish oil group did.

This study 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.

As the BBC reports, Alison Cobb, said in response to this study: "If young people can be treated successfully with fish oils, this is hugely preferable to treating them with antipsychotics, which come with a range of problems from weight gain to sexual dysfunction, whereas omega-3s are actually beneficial to their general state of health."

She's exactly right: Antipsychotic drugs actually cause diabetes. They promote blood sugar disorders and weight gain, among other problems. Some psychiatric drugs have also been linked to school shootings and violent outbursts (suicides, murders, etc.). They're also expensive and they pose an environmental hazard, since many of the chemicals used in those drugs pass right through the body and end up in waters downstream.

The drug companies, of course, are terrified that people might learn this truth. They want to keep patients on expensive, patented antipsychotic drugs while discrediting "natural remedies" like fish oils or nutritional supplements. The entire war being waged against nutrition and supplements is, of course, nothing more than the pharmaceutical industry trying to protect its own turf by destroying the competition.

Because, let's face it: For (virtually) every popular pharmaceutical on the market, there's a nutritional supplement that works better (and that's also safer and more affordable). Antipsychotic drugs can be replaced with fish oils. Cholesterol drugs can be replaced with B vitamins. Anti-cancer drugs can be replaced with vitamin D and medicinal mushrooms. Diabetes drugs can be replaced with a healthy plant-based diet and targeted supplements. The list goes on and on...

Nutrition works so well that in this study, subjects experienced a protective effect from fish oils for an entire year even though they only took those fish oils for 12 weeks! Imagine how much better the outcome might have been if they continued on the fish oils for the entire year...
Get quality fish oils
Of course, when it comes to fish oils, don't settle for just any cheap fish oil supplement. Many of the cheaper store-bought brands are largely made of olive oil filler combined with a tiny amount of fish oil extract. Search out quality supplements or oils from companies like Moxxor, Nordic Naturals or Carlson Labs.

Make sure your supplements are free from heavy metals, pesticides and other residues. Make sure they are harvested in a truly sustainable way, and make sure you can trust the source to provide consistent quality.


Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/028083_fish_oil_mental_illness.html By Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews, Feb 3, 2010 BBC:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8...WSJ: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
I really like the information coming from BBC (British Broadcasting). It seems to be more balanced on the truth behind nutrition and the alternatives to using drugs. 
 
Fish oils help the brain to maintain a healthy balance of essential fatty acids that are necessary for proper nerve signal transmission. What is even more important is that the oils maintain function even after the oils are discontinued, as opposed to a drug that needs to be taken daily or the effects will wear off. As mentioned, many of the psychiatric drugs can have some very deadly side effects. 
 
Besides oils I routinely recommend patients with brain imbalances to increase their consumption of water and decrease their consumption of dehydrating fluids like coffee and alcohol. I also recommend they decrease sugar and refined carbohydrates like wheat flour found in bread, pastas, and cereals. I ask them to avoid MSG, artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Nutrasweet and all chemicals in food and hygiene products like soap and shampoo. I encourage them to increase protein from fish and lean meats and green vegetables.
 
Again Nature’s medicine cannot be undersold!
 
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