One small study showed an increase in consumption of omega-3 in adolescents may play a role in increasing the power of the mind, even when they are on top of their cognitive round.
At the time when many studies talk about all kinds of omega health benefit 3 from cognitive function to vision and heart health amongst adults, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh claim that their study is the first conducted that focused on the effects of fatty acids on teenagers.
In the study, researchers recruited 13 young women and men who are healthy and between the ages of 18 to 25 years were asked to increase the intake of omega-3 supplements for a period of 6 months.
"There have been many previous studies done on the elderly or those with health problems, leaving this unique group without being addressed," said lead researcher Matthew Muldoon, in a statement.
"What about the period in which we are working optimally? Can we help the brain achieve its full potential by adapting our healthy behaviors in the lives of our youth? We found that we absolutely can. "
Before the study was conducted, blood samples were analyzed for basic measurements, and study participants also underwent tests of memory that require them to alert a series of numbers and letters.
After six months of supplementation with omega-3, participants undergo the test again. According to the researchers, the results show there is a correlation between improved cognitive function with an increased intake of omega-3.
Dietary sources of omega-3s include fatty fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel, soybeans, flaxseed oil and walnuts.