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Monday, June 9, 2008

Are Omega Three Fatty Acids Beneficial in the Treatment of Bipolar Disease?

With regard to Bipolar disorder, I am sorry to say that researchers at the University of Oxford have stated that there is not enough information to say one way or the other, although they go on to say that Omega three Fatty acids have no side affects and that they are recommended for a variety of other serious medical conditions such as heart disease and some immune disorders.

Researchers from the university reviewed five studies involving omega three supplements and found only one (a study of seventy-five patients) which had enough information to analyze. Researchers found most information to be varied and questionable, consequently the jury is still out as to the benefits of omega three fatty acids for individuals with bipolar disorder.

Researchers were quick to point out that omega three fatty acids should never replace established psychiatric treatment methods. However, if future studies indicate that omega three fatty acids are beneficial in the treatment of bipolar disorder and other mood disorders, they may become part of an established standard of treatment for these conditions.

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