What are Fatty Acids?

You may be asking: “Exactly what are fatty acids? Are they important for health?”

Polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are “essential” dietary fatty acids. This means that the human body needs them for health but cannot make them. We must get these compounds through the foods we eat, and the balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is important.

One significant omega-6 fatty acid is arachidonic acid, which is concentrated in the brain and is necessary for proper brain function.  Researchers at NIH think arachidonic acid  may be key to the biology of bipolar disorder, Brain-Scans-1because in animal studies medications that work in bipolar disorder affect the uptake of arachidonic acid into the brain. The Principal Investigator of this research study, Dr. Elizabeth Sublette, is the lead author on a study that also has found that some bipolar symptoms are higher in people with an overbalance of omega-6 compared to omega-3 fatty acids.  You can read about these scientific findings here:

Are you interested in helping advance the understanding of  fatty acids and brain function?

Brain-Scans-2We are currently seeking participants for our research study. If eligible, you would receive MRI and PET brain scans, $350 compensation, FREE medical and psychiatric evaluations (including lab work) and up to six months of medication treatment with Columbia Presbyterian doctors.

Please call Corinne at (646) 774-7560 today to see if you are eligible to participate.

We are now recruiting people to participate in a research study that investigates the effects of fatty acids in bipolar depression.



You may be able to help our efforts by participating in an NIH-funded research study. [Learn More]
Funded by: R-21 exploratory/developmental research grant MH096255