Fish oil helps to boost brain functioning, improves mood
New York: A new study finds that fish oil helps to boosts brain functions and also improves mood as it contains Omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil helps athletes and soldiers to manage intense training better.
The finding suggests that low concentration of fish oil in the blood and also lack of physical activity may contribute to the high levels of depressed mood among soldiers returning from combat. Fish oil content is especially important for soldiers due to the consistent training and physical regiments performed in and out of combat and risk of traumatic brain injury. Researchers worked with 100 soldiers to identify which factors affected the moods of those returning from combat for the study. The study was published in the journal Military Medicine. “We looked at how physical activity levels and performance measures were related to mood state and resiliency. What we found was the decrease in physical activity and the concentration of fish oil and Omega-3s in the blood were all associated with resiliency and mood,” said Richard Kreider, Researcher at the Texas A and M University.
The study originated from research that examined Omega-3 fatty acid levels of soldiers who committed suicide compared to non-suicide control and found lower Omega-3 levels in the blood were associated with increased risk of being in the suicide group.
According to the researchers, these findings are significant toward addressing some of the issues many soldiers face