Diet Enriched with Omega-3 Fatty Acids Alleviates Convulsion Symptoms in Epilepsy Patients
Article first published online: 2 APR 2002
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 103–104, January 2002
How to Cite
Schlanger, S., Shinitzky, M. and Yam, D. (2002), Diet Enriched with Omega-3 Fatty Acids Alleviates Convulsion Symptoms in Epilepsy Patients. Epilepsia, 43: 103–104. doi: 10.1046/j.1528-1157.2002.13601.x
- Issue published online: 2 APR 2002
- Article first published online: 2 APR 2002
- Revision accepted November 28, 2001.
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids;
- Neuronal dysfunction
Summary: 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.