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Fish oil may help to reduce seizure frequency in drug resistant epilepsy

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5515 (Published 09 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5515
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Researchers have called for a large trial of low dose fish oils in people with drug resistant epilepsy, after finding that seizures fell by a third among participants in a small study. However, high doses were no better than placebo, the study found.

Experimental research has shown that omega 3 fatty acids can cross the blood-brain barrier and reduce the excitability of brain cells that trigger seizures. But previous research looking at the effect of high dose fish oil on seizure frequency in people with drug …

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