Fish oil supplements boost memory in healthy young adults

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “An omega-3 fatty acid plentiful in fish oil boosts the ability of healthy young adults, whose brains are already at their peak levels of speed and performance, to hold several items in memory for a short time,” according to a study published in the Public Library of Science.

The study covered “11 healthy Caucasian adults with an average age of 22 [who] underwent a six-month supplementation of their diet with fish oil (750 mg per day of DHA and 930 mg per day of eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA).”

After using “positron emission tomography (PET) scans to look deep into the forebrain, to a region called the striatum,” researchers found that “the supplements did indeed boost levels of DHA and EPA in subjects’ blood, but not in their striata.”

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