Home > Articles > Articles of Interest >

Useful for Schizophrenia - Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Antioxidants - Article
Useful for Schizophrenia - Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Antioxidants - Article


 
Useful for Schizophrenia - Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Antioxidants - Article
Our Price:
$0.25

.

Description
 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Antioxidants Useful for Schizophrenia

LifeSource Vitamins


Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects more than 1% of the world's population and accounts for 25% of all hospital admissions in the United States. It can affect multiple aspects of one's life, and is typically characterized by loss of contact with reality (psychosis), hallucinations, false beliefs (delusions), emotional changes, and decreased motivation. Many people with schizophrenia also experience memory difficulties and speech disturbances, and may have difficulty functioning socially or in the work place. The cause of schizophrenia is unknown, although some physicians believe that dietary and nutritional factors contribute to the development of symptoms.


In the new study, 28 chronically medicated schizophrenic adults and 45 healthy adults received a combination of omega-3 fatty acids (360 mg per day of EPA and 240 mg per day of DHA) plus two antioxidants (800 IU of vitamin E per day and 1,000 mg of vitamin C per day) for four months. Those with schizophrenia continued to take their prescription medications, including haloperidol (Haldolr), risperidone (Risperdalr), olanzapine (Zyprexar), and clozapine (Clozarilr). Several psychological tests were performed monthly to evaluate whether symptoms had improved or worsened. Twenty-one of the 28 people with schizophrenia were additionally evaluated four months after discontinuing treatment to determine if the effects of treatment were sustained. Blood measurements of fatty acids were taken initially, at the conclusion of the study, and four months after stopping treatment.

Click here to see all Omega’s at LifeSource Vitamins

Schizophrenics taking the fatty acids and antioxidants had significant improvements on most of the psychological tests and also showed improvement in quality of life after four months of treatment. These benefits were sustained for an additional four months after the supplements were discontinued. Those with schizophrenia were found to have lower levels of EPA and DHA prior to treatment compared with the healthy people, but these levels increased while taking the supplements.


Studies using omega-3 fatty acids or antioxidants alone have showed inconsistent results. Some studies suggest that oxidative damage to nerve cells decreases fatty acid levels in the brain. Supplementing with fatty acids helps replenish the diminished stores in cells, while vitamins E and C help protect the cell wall from oxidative damage. Some of the newer anti-psychotic medications have been shown to have antioxidant properties, which might explain some of their benefit.


Other nutrients that have been shown to be beneficial in treating schizophrenia include niacin or niacinamide (vitamin B3), folic acid, glycine, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and melatonin. Consult a healthcare provider knowledgeable in nutritional medicine for more specific dose information.

Healthnotes Newswire (October 16, 2003)-Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids and specific antioxidants may relieve symptoms associated with schizophrenia and improve quality of life, according to a new study in Schizophrenia Research (2003;62:195-204). This is exciting news for the millions of people worldwide who suffer from this debilitating condition.



Proudly Made in the USA!

Every LifeSource Vitamins product exceeds all regulatory standards and requirements set forth in the FDA's Code of Federal Regulation. ( 21 CFR, part 111 ) as well as all Good Manufacturing Practices enforced by the FDA. CGMP's provide for systems that assure proper design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes and facilities. ( CGMP ).


LifeSource Vitamins: Driven by Faith ~ Powered by God

Have Questions on this or any other product or health issue for you or a loved one? It can be overwhelming we know. Call us, we will walk you through what supplements will help you and which ones you really don’t need. It’s what we do! Toll-Free: 800-567-8122


LifeSource Vitamins – Founded in 1992

100% of our profits are donated to Christian Organizations like these and many others worldwide:

Campus Crusade for Christ - CRU

The Jesus Film Project

World Vision

The Tim Tebow Foundation

Compassion International

Samaritan’s Purse

The Herman and Sharron Show on CTN (Christian Television Network) and many more…



www.LifesourceVitamins.com

E-mail Us: info@LifesourceVitamins.com

or Call Us: 800.567.8122

We Are Built on Compassion - Driven by Faith & Powered by God!


*Disclaimer: None of the above statements have been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As always, consult your physician before taking any and all supplements. LifeSource Vitamins. Individual results may vary.

Disclaimer: All the information contained throughout this website is based upon the opinions of the founder of LifeSource Vitamins, Bruce Brightman, and the entire team at LifeSource Vitamins whose relentless research and studies have been ongoing since 1992. Other articles and information are based on the opinions of the authors, who retain the copyright as marked in the article. The information on this site is not intended to replace your health care professional, but to enhance your relationship with them. Doing your own studying and research and taking your health care into your own hands is always best, especially in partnership with your health care professional.

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or have any medical conditions, always consult your health care professional before taking supplements based on the information on this site.

LifeSource Vitamins: from the nutrients we choose, to the way we run our business, we answer to God in all we do!