Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have learned that omega-3 fatty acids can help improve cognition in people between the ages of 18 and 25. After gathering a group of people within that age range, they gave participants a PET scan, a blood test, and a memory test at the beginning of the study. For a period of six months, the group was given either a placebo or an omega-3 supplement. At the end, tests showed improved memory and cognitive function in all participants who took an additional boost of omega-3s.
The study was innovative because it looked at younger people whose brains were still high-functioning to see how they were effected by something like this as opposed to only studying elderly people or people who have a medical condition. Omega-3 fatty acids are found prominently in things like oily fish, certain grains, and flax seeds. Many doctors believe that peopled do not consume enough of this type of oil, making supplements necessary for a majority of people. With the results of this study released to the public, many people will likely want to increase their consumption of omega-3s, whether it be through a supplemental vitamin or simply eating more grains and fish.