Fish oil has long been associated with various cardiovascular benefits, but a recent U.S. study suggests that omega-3 may also help protect against traumatic brain injury.
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in foods such as salmon, walnuts and kiwi fruit. They have been known to provide many benefits to the brain, such as improving memory and learning skills. Previous studies have also suggested that Omega-3 can help fight against mental disorders like dementia and schizophrenia.
This recent study was conducted at West Virginia University. In the study rats were given varying doses of DHA. DHA is also known as omega-3 fatty acid docosahexanoic acid and is found in fish body oils. The dosages given to the rats were equivalent to dosages humans might consume when taking DHA supplements.
The study concluded that tissue damage caused by traumatic brain injury was significantly reduced in rats taking high dosages of DHA. The study also revealed that the rats consuming high dosages of DHA had a significant reduction in the production of a protein commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Although more research will be needed to determine the true benefits of DHA, this study suggests a future for various types of preventive treatment with DHA.
This study is currently scheduled to be published in the February 2011 issue of Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. You can read more about this study online by visiting the United Press.
Our Chicago birth injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti are excited to hear about new breakthroughs in the medical community. Too often our attorneys help families who endure tragic brain injuries that could have been prevented. If you know of a victim, be sure to contact a birth injury attorney to begin the process of redress and reform.