Epilepsia - Omega-3FA Alleviates Convulsion Symptoms In Epilepsy Patients
Schlanger S, Shinitzky M, Yam D. Diet enriched with omega-3 fatty acids alleviates convulsion symptoms in epilepsy patients. Epilepsia. 2002 Jan;43(1):103-4.
PURPOSE: We examined whether a dietary supplement containing omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) can alleviate and/or reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures in patients with central nervous system (CNS) diseases treated with anticonvulsive drugs (ACDs).
METHODS: A special spread containing 65% n-3 PUFAs was added to the daily diet. The patients consumed 5 g of this spread at every breakfast for 6 months.
RESULTS: Five patients completed the study. In all of them, a marked reduction in both frequency and strength of the epileptic seizures was recorded.
CONCLUSIONS: Incorporation of the dietary supplement containing n-3 PUFAs may be beneficial in suppression of some cases of epileptic seizures.