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Ultrahigh-Risk Psychosis: Do Things Come in (Omega)-3s?

In a stunning slide show presented by Psychiatric Times, the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study — the gold standard of clinical studies — report that simple dietary supplementation with omega-3 was superior to placebos in reducing the risk of psychosis and other psychiatric morbidity with prolonged results.

This first-of-its-kind study backs up previous studies, which revealed that omega-3 fatty acids can have significant impact on brain health. In two different studies, taking 800 to 900 mg of DHA omega-3 per day for 16 to 24 weeks resulted in significant improvements in memory, verbal fluency scores and rate of learning.

And that is just the beginning: Omega-3 also plays a significant role in both blood pressure and muscle function.

In a perfect world, you would be able to get all the omega-3s you need by eating fish. Unfortunately, the majority of the world’s fish supply is contaminated with industrial pollutants and toxins, so supplementation is an option you may want to consider.

Before you start supplementing, however, it’s important to recognize that animal-based omega-3 fat is not interchangeable with plant-based sources. You need to get the bulk of your omega-3 from animal-based sources such as krill oil, because krill’s DHA and EPA are far more important for your health than plant-based sources.

One reason I opt for krill over regular fish oil is because krill contains vitamins E, A and D, as well as natural astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant. Additionally, your risk of getting any mercury contamination is lower than with fish oil as krill are so small they don’t have the chance to accumulate toxins before being harvested.
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