How fish oil supplements can support our troops

Today is Veteran’s Day — and in honor of all the men and women who have bravely served our country, I’m excited to share the results of a new study that deals with a very important issue.

Namely, how nutrition may be able to help soldiers weather the physical and emotional transition of returning home from combat.

Researchers from Texas A&M University — in collaboration with members of the U.S. military — assessed 100 Fort Hood soldiers in order to identify what factors may influence mood and resiliency after deployment.

And they found low levels of both physical exercise and omega-3s in the blood may hinder soldiers’ ability to recover physically and mentally from tours of duty. Thus contributing to depression and potentially aggravating PTSD symptoms.

The good news? Researchers point to fish oil as one potential solution, citing its documented role in protecting brain function.

According to lead researcher Major Nicholas Barringer:

“The mental health of our service members is a serious concern and it is exciting to consider that appropriate diet and exercise might have a direct impact on improving resiliency.”

None of this is news to you and me, of course. But I have to say, I’m thrilled to see one of my Desert Island supplements getting the credit it deserves from the mainstream — and in the context of such an incredibly worthy cause, at that.

I recommend that everyone — soldiers and civilians alike — take 3,000 mg of EPA/DHA every day.