Omega-3 improves working memory in healthy young adults

October 31, 2012

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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have determined that healthy young adults ages 18–25 can improve their working memory by increasing their Omega-3 fatty acid intake.

Before they began taking the supplements, all participants were asked to perform a working memory test in which they were shown a series of letters and numbers. The young adults had to keep track of what appeared one, two, and three times prior, known as a simple “n-back test.”

After six months of taking Lovaza — an Omega-3 supplement approved by the FDA (and  similar to over-the-counter fish oil supplements) — the participants were asked to complete this series of outpatient procedures again, which showed improved working memory of this population.