Does Fish Oil Stop Seizures When Added to a Normal Diet?

Although the classic ketogenic diet – which is high in fats, low in carbohydrates and provides adequate protein – has been proven effective for managing seizures, it is often hard to maintain and may be unpleasant to eat.

Drs. Mac Burnham and Peter Carlen are interested in a different approach to diet therapy - one which involves simply adding fish oil to a normal diet. Fish oil – available over-the-counter at pharmacies and health food stores – is a food supplement rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs considered "good fats").

A 2010 research study has shown that children taking fish oil supplements had fewer and less severe seizures. The goal of this EpLink research study, conducted at Toronto Western Hospital, is to test whether fish oil supplements can also help adults with epilepsy. To date, one round of the study has been completed and analyses are ongoing to determine the next steps for the use of PUFAs in adults with epilepsy.

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