Can lack of omega -3 and omega-6 fatty acid during pregnancy be linked to schizophrenia?
A study conducted on mice shows that deprivation of two polyunsaturated fatty acids during early gestation can have long lasting effects on offspring through specific epigenetic changes in gene expression.
Researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have discovered a process through which changes in nutrition during early mouse pregnancy lead to offspring that develop schizophrenic-like symptoms as adults. This can help explain why rates of schizophrenia have been observed to double after famines.
This may occur because omega-3 fatty acid DHA and the omega-6 fatty acid AA are abundant in the brain and are known to be related to brain development.
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