We already know a lot about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in fish-oil supplements – it can lower your blood pressure and triglycerides as well as cut your risk of heart attack and strokes.
Let me tell you, if a drug got the same amazing result as the latest fish oil study, you’d hear about it on the front page of every mainstream newspaper!
Sadly, this latest omega-3 discovery did not make headlines even though it might be a lifesaver for millions and yet another example of how Nature can work miracles – way beyond any drug that Big Pharma has to offer.
A miraculous “catch”
This latest study adds a whole new meaning to the old saying that fish is “brain food.”
Researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) found that low-dose omega-3 can reduce epileptic seizures by over 33 per cent.
And that’s not all…
Several of the patients in this study were completely seizure-free during the entire 10 weeks of treatment with omega-3 supplements.
Current drugs used to treat epilepsy work by blocking certain channels in nerve cells. That reduces their excitability – the repeated firing that causes the seizures.
We already know that omega-3 fatty acids can cross into the central nervous system – like epilepsy drugs do.
So when earlier studies – ones using high doses of fish oil – didn’t help, the UCLA researchers wanted to know why… Now, they seem to have found the answer. Those studies were simply using “too much of a good thing.”
In this new research they divided the study participants into three groups – one that took a low-dose of fish oil, just 1080mg a day. Another group took a higher dose of 2160 mg per day, and a third took just a placebo containing corn oil.
The people taking the higher dose had no reduction in their number of seizures. Those on the placebo had slightly fewer. But the big results came from the low-dose group, which had over a third fewer seizures during the study.
And some in that group stopped having seizures altogether!
Commenting on the study, lead researcher, Dr. Christopher DeGiogio said: “We don’t completely understand why (a) low dose works and higher doses do not.”
He added that in animal studies they found the same thing with higher doses. But most people think if a little helps, “a lot should help much more.”
In Dr. DeGiogio’s study, he also included a group of people with a type of “drug resistant” epilepsy. For these people the usual drugs given for this condition no longer controlled their seizures.
And the omega-3 supplements also worked for them!
Dr. DeGiogio was also interested in looking for a treatment that would help prevent another increased risk those with epilepsy face – that of heart disease.
And fish oil shines in that department, too – and not just for those who have epilepsy!
Even the mainstream American Heart Association (AHA) recommends supplement with omega-3 to lower your risk of heart disease. It’s also commonly given to those who have already had a heart attack.
So here we have an inexpensive, readily available supplement with no side effects that can stop epileptic seizures in their tracks and protect your heart as well. And not in some humongous amount, either, but an easy-to-take low dose.
I dare any drug company to come up with something better than that!
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“Low-doses of fish oil may reduce seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy” Mark Wheeler, September 8, 2014, UCLA Newsroom, newsroom.ucla.edu
“Stroke rounds: Potassium tied to lower stroke risk” September 4, 2014, Medpage Today, medpagetoday.com