Consuming low doses of omega-3 fish oil each day could help to reduce the risk of seizures in people with epilepsy, new research has suggested.
Epilepsy is a medical condition that affects the brain and causes the individual to experience multiple seizures, or fits. According to the NHS, more than 500,000 people in the UK have epilepsy, with the condition usually occurring in childhood - although it can affect a person at any age.
Past studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial in maintaining heart rhythm and can prevent heart attacks. This could also be useful for individuals with epilepsy, since they have a higher risk of experiencing a heart attack in comparison to those without the condition. Omega-3 fatty acids are primarily found in oily fish - such as mackerel, tuna, sardines and salmon - and can also be obtained through fish oil supplements.
Researchers from the Department of Neurology at the University of California-Los Angeles set out to investigate whether there is a link between omega-3 fish oil consumption and the frequency of seizures in epileptic patients.