Washington: A study has shown that Omega 3 fatty acids may have a positive effect not only on the heart but also on alcohol abuse and psychiatric disorders.In a multi-year study at the Indiana University School of Medicine, researchers revealed at a molecular level, there is a potential therapeutic benefit between them.The study showed conclusive behavioural and molecular benefits for Omega 3 fatty acid given to mice models of bipolar disorder. According to Alexander B. Niculescu, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and the lead author of the study, the fatty acid DHA, which is one of the main active ingredients in fish oil, "normalized their behaviour".Using a stress-sensitive mouse model of bipolar disorder developed in his lab, Niculescu and his colleagues studied the influence of dietary DHA. "The mice that were given DHA normalized their behaviour, they are not depressed and when subjected to stress, they do not become manic," Niculescu said.
"There is now substantial evidence at the molecular level that omega-3 fatty acids work on the brain in ways similar to psychiatric drugs," Niculescu said. "With these biomarker findings, we can now move forward as a field and do more targeted clinical studies in humans," he added.The study has been published online in the Nature Publishing Group journal Translational Psychiatry. ANI
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