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Diet Poor In Omega-3s Leads To Health Problems Among Teens And Their Parents

July 29, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
New U.S. research finds that teens especially – but also their parents – who eat fewer foods containing omega-3 fatty acids are more prone to anxiety and hyperactivity, as well as impaired memory and cognition. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in oily fish like salmon and sardines, eggs, and meat from grass-fed livestock. The researchers, whose study was conducted among multiple generations of lab animals, said the health problems occur not just in the teens themselves but also in parents born in the 1960s and 1970s, when omega-3-deficient oils like corn and soy oil became prevalent, and farm animals began eating grain instead of grass.
Corina O. Bondi et al., "Adolescent Behavior and Dopamine Availability Are Uniquely Sensitive to Dietary Omega-3 Fatty Acid Deficiency", Biological Psychiatry, July 29, 2013, © Society of Biological Psychiatry
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