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Fish Oil Aids Bi-Polar Behavior In Mice, Hinders Alcohol Cravings

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Fish Oil Aids Bi-Polar Behavior In Mice, Hinders Alcohol Cravings

Post  Admin on Mon May 30, 2011 5:35 am

Convergent functional genomic studies of omega-3 fatty acids in stress reactivity, bipolar disorder and alcoholism

Many are fully aware that fish oil and a regular intake of omega-3 fatty acids can benefit the heart and ward off cardiovascular disease and similar ailments. However, this week research has shown that on a molecular level, these natural acids can help mental imbalances as well such as bi-polar disorder.

Alexander B. Niculescu, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry explains:
"The mice that were given DHA normalized their behavior, they are not depressed and when subjected to stress, they do not become manic. When we looked into their brains, using comprehensive gene expression studies, we were surprised to see that genes that are known targets of psychiatric medications were modulated and normalized by DHA."

Countries with the highest intake of fish in their diets are correlated with the lowest rates of depression among citizens.

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