A study conducted by the Orygen Research Centre in Melbourne states that fish oil supplements taken for three months is as effective as anti-psychotic medication.
This is very beneficial considering how potent anti-psychotic are and all of the serious side effects that come with them.
The research study was conducted by an international team from Australia, Austria, and Switzerland. They tested 81 people who were at high risk for developing schizophrenia (or a similar condition) by having a strong family history of the disease or already having mild symptoms. Out of the 81 people, half of them took fish oil supplements (1.2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids) for 12 weeks and the other half took a placebo. The group was monitored for a year to see who would develop the disease and who would not.
Two people out of the fish oil group developed schizophrenia compared to 11 people in the placebo group. Researchers believe that 1 our of 4 people can be protected from developing psychosis by taking the fish oil supplements.
Why do they work?
Omega 3 is found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna. It is believed that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can alter the brains signals which can curb the development in psychosis as well as prevent depression, learning disabilities (such as dyslexia) and boost memory.
Other foods that can help your brain:
Broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and spinach can help retain memory later in life (Alzheimer’s)
A wholegrain-rich diet (cereals and whole wheat pasta), folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 can improve short-term memory
Other foods to improve brain function include: blue berries, nuts, seeds, eggs, brown rice, apple juice, tomatoes, and blackcurrants