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This is experimental at the moment. And there have been 7 cases - but no empirical studies yet that I am aware of regarding patients with massive
trauma. Although there have been studies in rats. I linked one at the bottom of this particular post.
Here are some scientific articles on the subject - as well as hints that there have been empirical studies on its use for things such as ADHD,
depression and (yes, some brain trauma studies) as well as manic-depressive disorder.
Psychology Today: What are the Real
Differences Between EPA and DHA
It is rapidly becoming acknowledged that omega-3 fatty acids are good for the brain. However, there are two eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Are they equivalent, different, or something in-between?
So, fish oil is beneficial for healthy brain function (specifically that involving attention and planning, I might add here). But there are two
different substances - EPA and DHA.
However, once EPA enters into the brain it is rapidly oxidized (2,3). This is not the case with DHA (4). The only way to control cellular
inflammation in the brain is to maintain high levels of EPA in the blood. This is why all the work on depression, ADHD, brain trauma, etc. have
demonstrated EPA to be superior to DHA (5).
So there has been work done with fish oil in treating depression, ADHD and brain trauma. But let's take a minute to look closer at the differences
between the two omega 3 fatty acids. The goal of the fish oil is to reduce inflammation in the brain. The EPA does this through a complicated process
you can read in the above link from Psychology Today - the chemistry is explained there, only a click away (I read it, and processed it, but the
article was written by a professional).
While the EPA directly inhibits the production of certain materials that cause inflammation, the DHA indirectly does it - and as a large molecule,
when it is caught in a membrane, it increases the fluidity of what goes through the membranes. In the eyes, for example, this mechanism helps
receptors to rotate more effectively.
Dr. Howell's Blog
Very exciting news!!!! A new study from Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has found that omega-3 fatty acid supplements to the
diet in the form of fish oil are an effective first-line intervention for ADHD and bi-polar disorder. As I learn more about the study I will post it
on the blog, but I know the lead investigator, Dr. Janet Wozniak, is first-rate. This is a very compelling finding. We did a small study at my
center in Sudbury two years ago that produced the same finding. Children who took fish oil supplementation improved their scores on a variety of
cognitive tests as well as redueced the reported negative symptoms of ADHD over a two month period.
My verdict after reading up on it some more is that the fish oil is legitimate, both scientifically, and empirically, as something that might be able
to help with attention issues, in particular, and planning.
Here are some links to more studies, however, specifically regarding brain trauma. I'm surprised that it could help with brain trauma - which is why I
posted this story on ATS in the first place - that's a major thing.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids Counter-Act Learning Disabilty after Traumatic Brain
Injury in Rats
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