With all the emerging worry about concussions on later quality of life of athletes, I thought I’d do a little research into treatments. As it turns out, studies have indicated that the DHA found in Omega-3 fatty acids is key in recovery from brain trauma. There are articles on the subject from 2010, but I hadn’t heard much of anything about it. That’s why this edition of the Weekly Wrap is dedicated to DHA. Enjoy!
On this edition of The Weekly Wrap:
It’s a true story- increased Omega 3 could be the answer in flattening the learning curve for people with learning difficulties and ADHD. The study showed that “at the end of that period it was found that there was a link between the increased levels of DHA and improved reading and behavior… that the children who had ADHD and learning difficulties showed a significant improvement in reading, spelling, the ability to divide attention, hyperactivity and restlessness.” If you’ve never been over to Health Freedom Alliance before, it’s a great source for all kinds of health-related news.
I like to offer a variety of sources, so for you “yuppies” out there, here’s an article from a bio-hacking entrepreneur. This one links a diet high in fructose with impaired ability to remember and learn, and shows that adding DHA can lessen the effects of such a diet. Studies have already shown that Omega-3’s also help in improving memory and brain function, so it looks like we’ve got some science behind the old idea of fish being “brain food.”
Here’s one from the Sports Nutrition Insider. A lot more science in this article than the last, for those of you who prefer medical advice to come from trained professionals. The article is summed up nicely in the end, basically stating that a balanced Omega-3 rich diet is essential to health and wellness- not just for athletes, but for everyone. I think it’s worth highlighting that the solution is in diet, not just in supplements.
This is a synopsis of a study done by people much smarter than I am. This one states it pretty flatly- Omega-3’s help prevent concussions. Here’s the quote “It’s reasonable to maintain athletes involved in contact sports on a moderate omega-3 dosage as a protective strategy during the playing season. There are some preliminary studies that clearly demonstrate that omega-3s can increase the resilience of the brain to withstand some injury and have favorable effects for improving the outcome if an injury were to occur.”