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Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Benefits for Performance and Recovery

Winter 2022

Rittenhouse M, Deuster PA. 22(4). 97 - 101. (Journal Article)


Full-spectrum human performance optimization (HPO) is essential for Special Operations Forces (SOF). Nutrition is one part of HPO and is important for all aspects of performance. One area of increased interest in this regard is omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3). Research has indicated that Servicemembers (SM), including SOF, do not eat the recommended 2 to 3 servings per week of fatty fish and have low omega-3 levels. Therefore, alternative approaches are warranted. The purpose of this article is to highlight the potential mental and physical health and performance benefits of omega-3. Consuming omega-3 on a regular basis would not only be beneficial for the health of SOF but also for their training and overall performance.

Keywords: omega-3; Special Operations Forces; full-spectrum human performance optimization; nutrition dietary supplements

PMID: 36525021

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