Saturday, July 10, 2010
Omega 3 fats, the lost fat
Army To Increase Omega-3 In Soldiers' Diet
Monday, 07 June 2010
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a brain component that comes from omega-3 fatty acids in our foods. DHA is a crucial component of brain chemistry and a deficit has been implicated in the recent growth in memory loss, depression, schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder. Omega-3 deficiencies have also been implicated in violent behavior, suicide and murder. According to The Economist one government agency taking notice of this is the United States Army. Plagued by a rising number of suicides among its combat troops in the Middle East, a recent test found that 95% of its soldiers were deficient in DHA. The Army said it will try to modify its soldiers’ diets to include more omega-3 rich foods. Omega-3 comes from the meat and milk of animals that eat the leaves of green plants or, in the case of ocean fish, green plankton. Currently, Americans eat a diet highly that is way too high in omega-6 which comes from the seeds of plants. Recent studies have found that imbalanced diets encourage obesity as omega-6 fatty acids trigger appetite.