Omega-3 fatty acids are found in marine or plant sources,
such as fish oil and flaxseed oil. Preliminary studies suggest that people with
bipolar disorder who take omega-3 fatty acids have a
significantly longer period in which their mood is stable with no episodes of
depression or mania (remission).1
are few, if any, negative side effects of taking omega-3 fatty acids. Loose
stools were reported most often. Researchers think that omega-3 fatty acids may
block signals in the central nervous system that trigger depression and mania.
But more research needs to be conducted before there is sufficient evidence
that omega-3 fatty acids improve the course of bipolar disorder.2
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 09, 2010
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