Omega-3 fatty acids, the essential fat that our bodies can’t seem to produce, is important for long-term brain development, according to a study conducted by Inserm and the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA). It also noted that a lack of this essential fat in our system can lead to a depressed state of mind.
The fast-paced growth of western society has led to a dynamic shift in food choices over the years. This has led to a steep decline in the consumption of the omega-3 fatty acid, which is abundantly found in oily fish such as salmon as well as nuts and grain products such as flax, soybean and chia seeds. This type of deficiency in the diet poses risks to people today, as a lack of omega-3 in our system can lead to mental disorders such as depression and stress. Thus, the research team undertook the research to provide a better understanding of the correlation between an imbalanced diet and mental health disorders.
The team undertook the task by testing the effects of omega-3 deficiency from adolescence to adulthood on mice. They were able to observe how a low omega-3 diet starting from pre-adulthood reduces the level of the fatty acids in the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain that is responsible for psychological functions such as decision making, executive control and reasoning, and the nucleus accumbens, an area of the brain that deals with reward-related cognition and the control of emotions. This resulted in noticeable anxiety during adulthood, as well as a diminished cognitive function in adulthood.
CBS Local — Parents looking to give their kids a boost in the classroom may want to choose fish for dinner. According to a new study, eating fish helped children sleep better and increased their IQ. A study of 541 Chinese students between the ages of 9 and 11 found that children who ate fish at least twice a week scored nearly five points higher on IQ tests taken at age 12. The findings, published in Scientific Reports, conclude that eating fish results in a better sleep and less daytime drowsiness. The researchers added that better sleep patterns results in higher cognitive performance.
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