Low Doses of Omega-3 can help decrease Seizures in Epilepsy Patients

Low Doses of Omega-3 can help decrease Seizures in Epilepsy Patients

According to a new study, occurrence of seizure in epilepsy patients can be decreased by having low doses of omega-3 fish oil on daily basis.

About 2.3 million adults and around 470,000 children in the US are suffering from epilepsy. It is a lifetime neurological condition characterized by recurring seizures.

According to researchers, the consumption of low doses of omega-3 fish oil every day for 10 weeks by the patients having epilepsy might decrease seizure frequency by a third.

The research team, led by Prof. Christopher DeGiorgio of the Department of Neurology at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, said that the study findings may be especially helpful in the case of epilepsy patients who no longer respond to medication. The findings of the study were published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish like trout, mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines and salmon. The fatty acids can also be obtained from consumption of fish oil supplements.

Researchers also noted that omega-3 has been linked with the brain cell excitability's decline among epileptics, which may control seizures.

The team decided to find out the effects of high-dose and low-dose fish oil on the cardiovascular health and seizure frequency of epileptic patients. Researchers enrolled 24 patients with epilepsy, who stopped responding to the antiepileptic medication.

Each patient was asked to follow a particular supplementation routine. They had to follow it for duration of 10 weeks.

In the low-dose fish oil supplementation, patients were given three fish oil supplements daily along with three placebo supplements (corn oil).

In the High-dose fish oil supplementation, patients were given six fish oil supplements on a daily basis plus three doses of placebo supplements twice a day.

Researchers found that patients who were consuming the low-dose fish oil regime suffered less number of seizures as compared to those who were following a high dose regime. This indicates that low dose regime helped to lessen the seizure cases in the patients.


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