Omega-3 fatty acids have now and then been linked by studies with boosting memories. A recent study has suggested that higher the intake of these fatty acids, the more one can enhance their working memory and also can improve their body functioning.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have asserted that young adults aged between 18 and 25 can attain the benefits of Omega-3 essential fatty acids by increasing the intake of foods rich in it, including fish and grass-fed livestock.
The study led by Rajesh Narendarn, project principal investigator and associate professor of radiology, included healthy young women and men and provided them with supplements, Lovaza, for six months to increase their omega-3 fatty acid consumption.
Prior to providing the supplements, positron emission tomography (PET) imaging and blood test of each of the participant was carried out.
Further, the participants were asked to undergo a working memory test, during which they were shown letters and numbers. The participants were to memorize the sequence of the series.
After six months of intake of supplement, the young adults were requested to complete the series again. Narendarn said, "Diets enriched with Omega-3 fatty acid can enhance cognition. It was a bit disappointing that our imaging studies were unable to clarify the mechanisms by which it enhances working memory".