Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake Linked to Better Memory in Young Adults

Angela Ayles
by Angela Ayles | October 30, 2012 @ 11:21 am | 0 

Want to improve your memory? Increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids – That’s the message researchers from the University of Pittsburgh are sending to health-conscious individuals after completing a 6-month study.

In the first study of its kind, researchers from the University sough to determine whether there was a link between Omega-3 intake and better memory in young adults aged 18-25. To do so, they recruited healthy young men and women from a variety of backgrounds. They boosted their Omega-3 intake with supplements for 6 months, monitoring them monthly through phone calls and outpatient procedures.

Before the study started, each participant was given a working memory test in which they were shown a series of numbers and letters. After the test was completed and the patients had been taking the supplements for six months, each participant was tested again. According to the researchers “the results showed a significant increase in working memory.”

Project investigator and professor of neuroscience, Bita Moghaddam, explains: “Before seeing this data, I would have said it was impossible to move young healthy individuals above their cognitive best. We found that members of this population can enhance their working memory performance even further, despite their already being at the top of their cognitive game.”

While researchers agree that the results are positive, they made sure to note that there is no proven reason for exactly why diets rich in Omega-3 are linked to better memory.

The study was published this week in the journal PLOS One.

Source: PLOS One